Utility models are another way to protect inventions. As they last shorter than patents and as the Intellectual Property Office does not substantially examine them, the registration process is often significantly simpler and faster. Due to their similarity to patents they are often called petty or small patents. All of the territories we cover recognize utility model as an IP right. The life cycle of utility models is 10 years. Annuities are paid each year, the same as in patent matters. Contact us to find out more about utility model services we provide.