A Utility Model is an exclusive right granted by the government for an innovation/invention, which is either a product or process that offers a new technical solution to a problem.
A product or process that is new and is useful can be protected using this system. Their term of protection is 10 years. Registration for a utility model is simple and fast, and gives the holder the right to exclude others from exploiting the protected innovation/invention.
Utility Models provide protection for incremental improvements to products and processes and it is very relevant for SMEs.For Example: Printing- roller cleaning system, fruit sorting machine,simple bottle cleaning machine etc.
A patent, like a utility model, is an exclusive right granted by the government for an invention. Protected inventions can range from simple things like a safety pin to sophisticated items like juice processing machine.
An invention that is Novel, Inventive and is industrially applicable may be granted using a Patent.
The term of protection for patents is 20 years.
For the patent to remain in force the patent holder is required to pay annual maintenance fees.
Novel /New– The invention/innovation should not be disclosed in any publication anywhere.
Inventive step- The new product or process should not be obvious to a person skilled in the art.
Industrial Application- The invention can be made or used in some kind of industry
Rights of a Utility Model/Patent Holder
Decide who may or may not exploit the protected invention.
Permit/license the use of the invention on mutually agreed terms or sell the invention outright.
• Submit a filled patent application form
• Attach a patent document having a title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
• Attach proof of payment.
|Step 2||URSB receives the document and accords it a filing date and a patent application number.|
|Step 3||An application found to be in order is subjected to substantive examination to determine
if the claimed invention fulfils all requirements for patentability.
|Step 4||Applicant is notified on grant/refusal of a patent. The applicant is then
requested to pay the grant fees and thereafter issued a Certificate of Grant of a patent.
Fees for Applicants
|PATENT MODEL||UTILITY MODEL|
|Foreign fees||Local fees||Foreign fees||Local fees|
|(US $)||(UGX)||(US $)||(UGX)|