Utility Models

– Law No. 354 on Patents of Invention, Utility Models and Industrial Designs, effective from November 25, 2000, amended on March 22, 2006, September 13, 2007 and April 3, 2020.

Membership in International Conventions

– Same as for “Patents of Invention“.


Utility models are handled on the same legal basis as for patents. Applications, novelty examination procedure, granting and refusal of protection mentioned for patents of invention are applicable.

Definition: invention constituted by a form, configuration or objects, arrangement of elements of an object or part thereof, that can offer any technical effect in its manufacture, functioning or use.

Duration: ten years from filing date. No extension.

Filing requirements: same as for “Patents“.