Industrial property rights protect technical inventions.
Utility models are registered for all technical inventions. A utility model must be novel, based on an inventive step and capable of industrial application.
An invention is considered novel if it is not prior art.
Under the new legal judgement of the Federal Court of Justice, an invention is considered to be based on an inventive step if it is not obvious from the prior art to a person skilled in the art. The protection threshold for utility models therefore corresponds to the “inventive step” as defined in patent law.
- The registration process – from start to finish
- Enforcement of the property rights, in and out of court
- Prosecution of opposition, appeals, invalidity and cancellation proceedings before the EIGE, BPatG, BGH, and EPO
- Prior art researches around the world
- Expert opinions on the validity and infringement of industrial property rights
- Rating of property rights
- Property rights monitoring/infringement researches