Sociology Index

Utility Model

Intellectual Property Rights, Patent Laws, Copyright Law, Case Law

Utility model laws are very similar to those granted by patent laws, but are more suited to what may be considered as "incremental inventions." Terms such as "petty patent", "innovation patent", "minor patent", and "small patent" also fall within the definition of "utility model". Different terms used to define "utility model" are "petty patent", "innovation patent", "utility innovation", "minor patent", and "small patent".

The German and Austrian utility model is called the "Gebrauchsmuster", which influenced some other countries such as in Japan. Meanwhile, the utility model in Indonesia and Finland is called as "Petty Patent". A utility model is a statutory monopoly granted for a limited time in exchange for an inventor providing sufficient teaching of his or her invention to permit a person of ordinary skill in the relevant art to perform the invention.