What is a utility model?

Fast and low-cost protection of inventions Utility model registration provides fast and low-cost protection of technical inventions. Utility model protection is also available for chemical substances, food and pharmaceuticals, but not for processes, such as manufacturing, working or measuring processes. Whereas it frequently takes several years to obtain a patent, a utility model may be […]

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Why should we apply for a patent?

Patents foster innovations Patents protect new technical inventions. They confer to their owners a territorial monopoly right for a limited period. The patent owner alone is entitled to exploit the invention. He can prohibit unauthorised commercial use of the patented invention. Patents allow to derive economic benefits from inventions. In return, the patent owner has […]

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German patent application fees

Overview of fees Type of Fee Euro Application fee for online filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 40 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 20 Application fee for paper filing (including 10 patent claims) EUR 60 – extra fee for each additional claim EUR 30 Fee for search request EUR 300 Examination fee […]

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Applying for a patent in Germany

Request for the grant of a patent Please bear in mind that the patent system is a very complex field of law. It may be advisable to retain the services of a patent attorney for preparing and filing a patent application. If you are not residing in Germany, you are legally required to be represented […]

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