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Utility models in 2017

Following the new patent law (Law 24/2015) which will be in force on 1st April 2017, we inform you that one of the most important changes will be related to the novelty requirement required for utility models.

Thus, with the new patent law, the novelty requirement for utility models equals the current requirement for Patents, that is, a worldwide novelty requisite will be necessary to inventions protected by utility model.

This implies a significant change from the requirements so far, implying a higher degree of difficulty in registering the utility model.

Consequently, if you are interested in finding some kind of national protection for a technical solution known abroad but not yet released in Spain, it would be convenient to perform the necessary steps to apply for a utility model by 2017.

Obviously, each case must be analyzed particularly. In this regard, please contact us to discuss your specific case.


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