What is a utility model?

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A utility model, also called a ‘petty patent’, is a new and useful technical solution pertaining to the shape, construction, or composition of an item with a durable form. A utility model is considered to be a useful solution if it allows the achievement of a practical goal in the manufacture or use of products.

A utility model refers to tangible objects with a durable form, so they cannot be used for protection of such solutions as procedures or uses of a substance.

Utility models receive protective rights (not patents).

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