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Facts and fears about utility models

James Nurton, London

The statistics on utility models are staggering, but does this IP right provide a useful tool for protecting innovation or merely pointless pieces of paper to decorate inventors’ labs? James Nurton investigates

In 2014, according to WIPO figures, there were nearly 950,000 utility model applications filed worldwide. That compares to fewer than 150,000 in 1999. In other words, in the space of 15 years, filings have grown by about 660%, with most...

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