Balancing Act: Evaluating Utility Models in IP

  • Sajid Sheikh
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  • Sajid Sheikh

    Assistant Professor (Law) at Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai, India

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Utility models work independently as well as complementary to patents. It benefits SMEs and encourages sharing of knowledge. Its advantages include cost-effectiveness, faster application processing, and promotion of incremental innovations. However, it is not without limitations, such as a narrower scope of protection, reduced commercial value, weaker enforcement, and jurisdictional restrictions. This article analyses the pros and cons of the utility model system and aims to help inventors in evaluating their needs and requirements to effectively protect their innovations.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 6, Page 587 - 597


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