Utility Models

Compared with patents, the requirements for a utility model are more flexible and therefore generally easier to satisfy.  The term of protection is shorter than that of a patent and varies from country to country – up to a maximum of 10 years.  Utility models are generally territorial rights and therefore the protection is limited to the state for which the protection is granted.  Utility models are not available in the United States.

Not all types of invention may be placed under the protection of a utility model.  In Europe, for example, inventions in the field of microorganisms are only patentable, however program logic on which programs for data processing systems are based may be protected by utility models, but not by patents.

The Noblitt Group has registered patent attorneys, foreign associates, and patent agents qualified to assist you with obtaining utility model registrations.

We would be happy to discuss other features and more specific details of this area of our practice at your request.

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