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The European technical board of appeal has published their decision on T1252/20 relating to the question of “whether a…
Utility models, short term patents, petty patents, innovation patents, utility certificates – the names may be unfamiliar to you, but they all relate to a form of IP right which is under-utilised, and there are many businesses that could benefit from them.
Many SMEs and individuals struggle to finance IP protection for their inventions, and the utility model system could be a cost-effective alternative to standard patents for many of those inventions. For bigger businesses, the utility model system offers a cost effective way of protecting multiple inventions, especially for those having a relatively short commercial life.
Wilson Gunn has prepared a special report detailing some of the advantages of utility model systems around the world, which can be requested by contacting us.
For more detailed information and for a discussion on whether utility models are relevant to your inventions, please contact Ben Appleton or your usual Wilson Gunn attorney.