Utility Models are considered by most as “small patents” since they consist in giving to objects, utensils, devices or tools a modification that brings them a different function regarding their component parts or advantages with respect their benefit. Whoever obtains the registration of a Utility Model shall have the exclusive right to use it for his benefit.
To be eligible for registration, utility models have as essential requirements to be new and industrially applicable. The inventive step requirement is not necessary for utility models.
Utility models have a term of ten years, starting for the filing date of the application.