A  Utility Model is a protection option, which is designed to protect innovations that are not sufficiently inventive to meet the inventive threshold required for standard patents application. It may be any useful machine, implement, tools, product, composition, process, improvement or part of the same, That is of practical utility, novelty and industrial applicability. A utility model is entitled to seven (7) years of protection from the date of filing, with no possibility of renewal. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Utility model registration is intended to accommodate local industries, small businesses or entities by providing an industrial property right that is relatively inexpensive, quick, easy to obtain and suited to innovations having short commercial life.  Utility model registration is a useful tool in supporting the first to market place advantage. It promotes progress of technology and encourages innovation among small to medium businesses and the local industry.

It is inexpensive and easy to obtain, however it can't be enforced until after examination has been carried out and the registration is certified. A utility model is examined to determine if it meets the requirements embodied in the existing Utility Model law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). It need not undergo substantive examination before it is certified.

You can apply for Utility Model registration directly with the IP Philippines. An application for registration should contain a duly accomplished request for registration as prescribed by the Bureau, specification or description containing the following: (a). title; (b) technical field; (c). background of the Utility Model; (d) brief description of the several views of the drawings, if any; (e) detailed description; (f) claim or claims; (g) drawings,  if any; and (h) abstract of the disclosure.

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