Utility Models

– 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“.