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Utility ModelsInventions can be protected as Utility Models in Spain if they are novel and imply an inventive step consisting in giving an object a configuration, structure or constitution from which some appreciable advantage for its use or manufacture stems.
Utility Models in Spain are effective for at most ten years from the date on which these are applied for, subject to payment of annual maintenance rates.
The priority of an application for a patent or utility model presented in a third country during the year immediately before can be claimed and the priority of a Spanish utility model can also be claimed for obtaining rights abroad.
The processing involves publication of the application with a call for oppositions from third parties within two months, after which application is granted, if there are no oppositions.
The annual maintenance rates are paid yearly in advance, from the third year, with any yearly payments due being added, where applicable, to the payment due for obtaining the registration certificate after the patent is granted.
REQUISITES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR UTILITY MODELS IN SPAINThe requisites for obtaining a patent are as follows: