Rapid growth in patent filings in 3D printing and additive manufacturing over the last decade
What conclusions can we draw from the huge recent growth of patent filings in 3D printing?
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.