Utility Model Law

Another option for protecting a technical invention is the registration of a utility model. The German Patent and Trademark Office will not examine the prerequisites for protection to the same extent as for a patent; e.g., the existence of the three criteria novelty, inventive step and commercial usability are not examined. Therefore, a utility model can be obtained at a lower cost compared to a patent.

 

However, this limited scope of examination has the disadvantage that utility models are harder to enforce in case of an infringement, and their duration is limited to 10 years.

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