What is a Utility Patent?

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An Overview of Utility Model Patents

Utility model patents, also referred to as “petty patents” or “innovation patents”, can be a viable option for applicants who do not have the time, funds or even an invention required for a typical patent application. Discussing this topic can cause confusion since certain jurisdictions (such as the US) refer to their regular patents as utility patents. To keep things clear, I’ll refer to those utility patents with 20-year terms as “regular patents” throughout this article.

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