Utility model

A utility model can be used to protect a technical invention. Unlike a patent application, a utility model application is not subject to substantial examination by the Patent Office. In addition, the maximum term of protection for a utility model is shorter than for a patent. A utility model is in force for a maximum of 10 years. A utility model has a 6-month novelty grace period and can therefore still be applied for after delivery of the first products. A utility model entitles the holder to prohibit others from using the protected invention