What is a utility model?

A Utility Model is a protection option, which is designed to protect innovations that are not sufficiently inventive to meet the inventive threshold required for standard patents application. It may be any useful machine, implement, tools, product, composition, process, improvement or part of the same, that is of practical utility, novelty and industrial applicability.

Why should I register my work under utility model?

Utility model registration is intended to accommodate local industries, small businesses or entities by providing an industrial property right that is relatively inexpensive, quick, easy to obtain and suited to innovations having short commercial life.  Utility model registration is a useful tool in supporting the first to market place advantage. It promotes progress of technology and encourages innovation among small to medium businesses and the local industry.

How long does the protection last?

A Utility Model is entitled to seven (7) years of protection from the date of filing, with no possibility of renewal.

What kind of inventions can be protected by utility models?

In some countries, utility models can be applied for in the same fields of technologies as patents. In other countries, utility model protection is eligible only for the shape or structure of products in certain fields of technology, such as mechanical devices and apparatus, but not for technical, chemical and biological processes. Eligible subject matter for utility models varies significantly from one country to another.

How to apply for utility model registration?

An application for registration should contain a duly accomplished request for registration as prescribed by the Bureau, specification or description containing the following: (a) title; (b) technical field; (c) background of the utiliy model; (d) brief description of the several views of the drawings, if any; (e) detailed description; (f) claim or claims; (g) drawings,  if any; and (h) abstract of the disclosure.