UUtility model protection
A utility model, like a patent, protects a technical invention against imitation. Mechanical, electrical and other devices and appliances, electrical circuits, computer programs, chemical substances, etc. can be protected as utility models. It is not possible to protect processes (e.g. manufacturing processes) by means of a utility model. The maximum term of protection is 10 years. A prototype is not required for filing a utility model application.
The great advantage of the utility model is its rapid availability. As a rule, a utility model is registered after only a few months. The utility model is only formally examined by the patent office. There is no examination of protectability. This means that the utility model may only be a sham right despite the registration certificate. In order to obtain certainty in this matter, we support our clients by obtaining an official expert opinion.
Since the value of a utility model often only becomes apparent when it is exploited, e.g. in the case of a sale, licensing or in a legal dispute against a utility model infringer, the technically and legally correct preparation of the application documents is of particular importance.
We will be happy to check whether utility model protection is possible for your invention and carry out all the necessary work for you.
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