The utility model system is characterized by simple and quick registration of rights and a short protection period (10 years). The utility model system protects such inventions that relate to the shape or structure of devices.
The filing procedures for registering a utility model are practically the same as those for a patent. Utility model applications, however, require one or more drawings to be attached, as utility model protection is directed toward devices.
An invention that is claimed in a patent application can be granted utility model registration through a dual application system. Likewise, a device that is claimed in a registered utility model or a utility model application can be patented as far as it is eligible for a patent. This allows applicants to obtain utility model rights as early as possible and exercise their rights for a longer period of time under the patent system.
The term of a registered utility model ends 10 years after its filing date.