A Utility Model provides a technical solution with less creative effectiveness than a patent and may derive from the latter if it does not fully meet the requirement of inventive step.
With respect to a patent, a utility model has a shorter duration of up to a maximum of 10 years.
Protection in Italy and abroad
An Italian utility model provides protection throughout Italy and San Marino by virtue of the existing agreement therewith and according to some doctrines, can be recognized by the Vatican City. Numerous foreign countries recognize and protect utility models. However, the definitions of what constitutes a utility model may vary from country to country.