Utility models

The Italian utility model patent application is filed with the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM), Department for Enterprise and Internationalization, General Directorate for the fight against counterfeiting.

Utility models are a form of protection afforded to all modifications impacting the effectiveness, convenience of application or use of a pre-existing object, be it a machine, tool, everyday object or a combination of parts.

Proceedings cannot be protected by filing a utility model patent.

Patentability criteria
To be granted protection, a model has to meet novelty and originality requirements, in addition to being particularly convenient and effective in its use or application.

Utility model patents are issued within 2-3 years of the application being filed. The Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM) will evaluate whether an invention complies with the formal requirements, but will not examine its degree of novelty or whether it involves an inventive step.

Starting from the date the application is filed, a utility model is valid for 10 years, and must be renewed only once, after the first 5 years have passed.

Conversion
Italian law provides for the possibility to convert an invention patent into a utility model and vice versa.

It is also possible to convert a European patent, whether revoked, rejected or withdrawn, into an Italian utility model.

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