Utility model registration provides relatively „fast“ protection of technical inventions. Utility model protection is not available for processes, such as manufacturing, working or measuring processes. The DPMA checks in the registration procedure only the formal and some of the substantive requirements for protection, for example whether the subject matter is a technical invention. The Utility model is an„unexamined right”. Only in a case of infringement the available of the registration will be examined.
Utility model protection can last for up to 10 years. The initial term of
protection is three years. Protection can be renewed after three, six and eight years.
Utility models may be applied at the German Patent and Trademark Office.