Utility models

Rights and obligations from utility models protection are governed by the Act No. 517/2007 Coll. (PDF, 135,2 kB) on Utility Models and on Amendment of Some Acts. Technical solution can be protected as a utility model, if it is new, is a result of an inventive activity and is industrially applicable.

The Act gives a possibility to a utility model applicant to apply for priority right from an earlier patent application or European patent application. Term of protection of utility model shall be 4 years from filing a utility model application and may be extended two times, each time for 3 years, on the request of a utility model owner.