Utility Model Registration and Protection


  • Similar to patents as registration provides an exclusive right to prevent unauthorized commercial use of the invention for a period of time.
  • It may be any useful machine, tools, product, composition, process, improvement or part of the same, that is of practical utility, novelty and industrial applicability. 
  • A utility model is entitled to seven (7) years of protection from the date of filing, with no possibility of renewal. 


  • This is designed to protect innovations that are not sufficiently inventive to meet the inventive threshold required for standard patents application. 
  • Utility models are often registered within three to six months, without examination. 
  • Quick registration also means that the registered utility model can be enforced against potential infringers much sooner than a patent application, which can sit pending at the Patent Office for years.

At Emirates Intellectual Property Services, we offer complete registration, protection and enforcement services for utility models. Our services include the following:

  • Utility model availability search and analysis
  • Prosecution of utility model applications 
  • Recording of licenses, assignments, mergers and registered user of utility model rights 
  • Maintaining protection rights and annuities 
  • Legal translations of specifications, claims and abstracts of utility models 
  • Opposing/defending grant of utility models 
  • Publication of cautionary notices pertaining to utility models