Utility Models

– Industrial Property Act, 2012, in force since August 1, 2018.
– Industrial Property Regulations, No. 113 of 2018.

Note: the new Act provides for the registration and protection of patents, utility model certificates, industrial designs, trademarks, collective marks, certification marks and trade names.

Membership in International Conventions

– See under "Patents of Invention".

Registration, Protection

Prosecution procedure: same as for "patents". 

Conversion: a patent application may be converted into a utility model application at any time before grant or rejection. 

Duration: seven years from the filing date. 

Annuities: no annuities are payable. 

Assignments and licenses: same as for "patents". 

Working: same as for "patents".

Filing requirements same as for "patents".