What is a patent ?
A patent is a monopoly right that protects and enhances a technological innovation – a product or a process – that provides a new solution to a technical problem which has not yet been addressed or solved.
What is a utility model ?
Many consider a utility model 'a small invention'. A utility model is used every time an existing product is improved for effectiveness or convenience of application or use.
What else is patentable ?
A new plant variety is also patentable. This means a plant as a whole within a single botanical taxon of the lowest known degree, on condition that the plant differs from all the others and presents the same characteristics with respect to the other specimens of the same species.
What sort of protection does a patent offer me ?
A patent confers to its owner the right to preclude third parties from producing, using, marketing, selling or importing the patented product or the product directly obtained with the process in question. However, this right is territorially and temporally limited.
And what about GEb-ip ?
GEb-ip performs for you: patent searches, drafts, deposits and extensions of national (UIBM), European (EPO) and international (WIPO) patents worldwide, as well as patent surveys, examinations and prosecutions, supporting and protecting you in counterfeiting cases.