Sometimes referred to as “petty patents” or “innovation patents” a utility model can often be a more appropriate route of protecting some of your inventions than a patent. Faster and cheaper than patent protection, the main reason for exploring the use of utility models over patents is dependent on a client’s commercial objectives, industry, local marketing needs, and often company and market size. Our patent attorneys are experts in advising on and obtaining this kind of protection.
We obtain utility model protection for clients where available around the world, either directly or with support from our trusted network of associate firms.
Securing utility model protection
advise on whether a utility model offers more suitable protection for a new invention than a patent
provide novelty and infringement searches
draft, file and prosecute, if needed utility model applications through to grant
Utility models at work
advise on issues such as amendment, validity, infringement of clients' and third party rights
consider the possibility of designing around third party rights to avoid infringement
advise on compulsory licence applications
bring and defend actions for the revocation of utility models
bring and defend actions relating to the infringement of utility models
oppose the grant of utility models
contest inventorship or the entitlement to grant
help you police your utility model rights to ensure that they are not infringed
draft licences and assignments and assist in negotiations with third parties
assist with the transfer of your rights or the acquisition of third party rights
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