A utility model is a knowledge protection right although it does not exist in all countries. It protects “minor inventions” through a similar procedure to the patent system. Recognizing minor improvements of existing products, which does not fulfil the patentability requirements, have an important role in a local innovation system. They allow protecting utensils, instruments, tools, devices or parts thereof, that meet the requirements of the law.
- Protected object: technical inventions of products with less inventive step than patents. They are characterised by their minor novelty and relative industrial applicability.
- Protection type: similar to a patent.
- Duration: 10 years, with no possibility of renewal.
- Type: National utility models. It does not exist in all countries (See the list of countries).
- Competent Body: OEPM, in Spain.
From a technology intelligence approach there is more information about Utility Models in #MoocVT Module Technology information management.
More information: WIPO Utility Models