– The Industrial Property Order, 1989 (“The Order”), effective from May 22, 1989, and Regulations, in force since January 15, 1990.
Membership in International Conventions
– See under “Patents of Invention“.
Procedure: substantially the same as for “patents“.
Definition: an invention qualifies for a utility model certificate if it is new and is industrially applicable (in addition to the foregoing, an invention must also involve an inventive step).
Filing requirements: substantially the same as for “patents“.
Duration: seven years.
Extension of term: cannot be extended.
Renewals: annually, commencing on the first anniversary of filing.
Restoration: no provision.
Conversion of a utility model application into a patent application: see under “patents“.