The legal basis for the utility model protection has been existing since 1891.
A utility model is often also called “little patent”. The difference to a patent is that the filed documents for a utility model are not examined by the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) concerning its contents. So the registration of a utility model is much faster than registering a patent. This offers advantages and disadvantages. If you are interested, you can contact us and we explain them to you personally.