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Utility Model

In some cases, adequate protection can be obtained by a utility model. Such inventions include conrete implementations of technical nature (except solutions dealing with techniques for carrying out a method), which are not perceived to possess a very high inventiveness or have a life expectancy of no more than a few years. A major benefit of utility model protection, is it's prompt office handling. Utility model is granted on the basis of just a formal examinations that usually takes only a few months.

With respect to a patenting process, in particular, the utility model protection is clearly less expensive and it's one downsides include the disclosure of its scope of protection at the time of its registration, its short validity time and its lesser prestige for example in IPR negotiations.