What can be protected by a utility model?
All technical inventions can be protected by a utility model as they can be by a patent. This also includes chemical substances, foodstuffs and medicinal products.
Protection is not available for:
- discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods
- aesthetic creations
- schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business
- presentations of information
- programs for computers
- blueprints, patterns, teaching methods
- biotechnological inventions
- animal and plant varieties
Eligible for patent protection but explicitly excluded from utility model protection are:
- processes (manufacturing and working processes)
Last updated: 8 May 2020