What is protected as a utility model?
The same inventions which are protected by patents, except the inventions belonging to the field of biotechnology, can be protected as utility models.
A utility model, like an invention protected by a patent, has to be new on the global scale, but its inventive step does not have to be as high as that of a patent. The utility model has an inventive step, when due to the difference from the state of art a beneficial technical or other feature is revealed.
- Utility model (folder)