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F.A.Q.

Frequent Asked Questions
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What is a Utility Model?
It is an Industrial Property right pretty much similar to a patent but its protection lasts shorter (usually 10 years) while its registration is guaranteed, and its cost is much lower (up to 80% lower).
Should I seek for one European patent or a bunch of national utility models?
It depends. If your invention is eligible for utility model protection, if 10 years of protection is sufficient, if protection in few European countries (up to 5) is sufficient, if you want/need to have enforceable protection in a short time (less than 1 year), if you want/need to save money (up to 80%), you should prefer the bunch of national utility models.
What is the "Minefield strategy"?
A good protection in the European market may be obtained through few (for example, three or two or even only one) utility models in key European countries: few mines are sufficient in a single field!
Can all European countries be covered through a single Utility Model?
NO: there is no "European utility model" and no utility model covering more than one European country.
Can any European country be covered through a Utility Model?
A few countries (e.g. Great Britain, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland) have no utility model, but there you can apply for a national patent instead.
Can any invention be protected through a Utility Model?
NO: any method, any process, any chemical compound and any pharmaceutical composition can not be protected through a utility model.
What does Easy Utility need for providing its service?
A text (description and claims) in any language, some drawings, (often) a power-of-attorney form signed, full data of applicant and inventors.
How to request a Utility Model in a country?
Filing appropriate text, drawings, application form and (often) a power-of-attorney form at the national patent office of that country in the national language of that country, paying the national filing fees to the national patent office of that country.
How to obtain a Utility Model?
Utility models are simply registered as there is no substantive examination. You (often) have only to wait for the registration decision from the national patent office. In some countries there is a registration fee to be paid to the national patent office of that country.
How long does it take to obtain a Utility Model?
3-12 months, depending on the country. Please notice that it takes 3-5 years to obtain a European patent.
How much does a Utility Model cost?
Easy Utility will charge 1,000-2,000 EUR (including official fees) for translating, filing and prosecuting a utility model till its registration in one country. An European patent filed, prosecuted up to its grant (3-5 years later if examination is successfully passed) and validated in France, Germany and Italy costs 10'000-20'000 Euros; while three utility models up to their registration (3-12 months later) through Easy Utility cost less than 6'000 Euros, in average 4'500 Euros.
Is any renewal fee due for maintaining a Utility Model after its registration?
YES: how often, that depends on the country. Easy Utility may take care of paying renewal fees too.
May a Utility Model claim (Paris convention) priority from a national patent application?
YES. Article 4 of the Paris Convention allows it. Therefore, for example, a German utility model may claim the priority of any US patent application.
May a Utility Model be enforced against an infringer through a lawsuit?
YES. How to enforce depends on the country. Usually you need a national patent attorney and a national attorney-at-law: Easy Utility has a network of national patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law who can assist you.
If I need a national patent attorney in a specific country is Easy Utility able to assist me?
YES: Easy Utility has a network of national patent attorneys who can assist you.
If I need a national attorney-at-law in a specific country is Easy Utility able to assist me?
YES: Easy Utility has a network of national attorneys-at-law who can assist you.