Protection Types 

Inventions

How to protect your inventions?

For your inventions to continue being exclusively yours, you will have to register them. If it is a technical invention, you should protect them as a patent or a utility model. If you want to protect the appearance of your product, you should protect it as an industrial design.

Patents

These are rights that grant you the exclusive use of an invention, whether this be a product or a process, for a period of 20 years, preventing third parties from selling, distributing, or using them commercially. Learn more.

Utility models

These are rights very similar to patents, but they are less expensive and the granting requirements are less demanding. However, they have a shorter protection period, despite also ensuring the monopoly over the technical aspects of the invention. Learn more.

Industrial designs

These are rights that, in contrast to patents and utility models, grant the exclusive rights that protect the appearance of handcrafted and industrial products. This protection includes their shapes, colors or lines, but does not include their technical or functional aspects. Learn more.

With our support, you will avoid misunderstandings about which type of rights should protect your inventions. You will benefit from highly-efficient consulting throughout the whole process, both before and after the registration of the ideal form of protection, meaning you are able to dedicate yourself fully to your activity.

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Advantages

What are the advantages of these types of protection?

These types of legal protection grant you the following benefits:

Exploration Monopoly

Monopoly over the use of the inventions for a certain period of time, strengthening your position against market competitors.

Exclusive Rights

They allow you to prevent the sale, production, or importation/exportation of your inventions by non-authorized third parties, who do not pay you royalties.

Sale or Licensing

As intangible goods, they are an additional source of profit with the possibility of being assigned or licensed.

Process

What do we ensure before you register your rights?

Our experts monitor every step of the registration process and the management of these types of protection for your inventions:

Security

After registering your rights, increase your protection!

Protection and security. These are the two values that we guarantee, making use of the following tools:

Internationalization

We provide details about other countries’ jurisdictions and point out the best internationalization strategies, not forgetting that we help in cutting the costs related to applications and registrations. Learn more.

Watch

With this service, we commit to sending you a notification every time your product or process – registered under a patent or a utility model – is made, used, or sold in a harmful or illegal way by third parties anywhere in the world. Learn more.

Portfolio management

If you own various intellectual property assets, we monitor the development of your rights by giving you updated information about your legal status and advising you about the best maintenance strategies. Learn more.

Rights defense

We protect your exclusive rights, enforcing them to preserve their value. Therefore, we contact administrative authorities and other entities in the face of infringements against your monopoly or the scope of the license. Learn more.

We invite you to better understand what a patent is and to protect your inventions with these and other forms of protection.

Your questions

Our answers

A patent is a right granting the exclusive use of an invention, whether it be a product or a process, for a period of 20 years, preventing third parties from selling, distributing, or using it commercially.

However, to be considered a patent, the invention must be novel, i.e., must not already exist on the market when it does not form part of the state of the art; it must involve an inventive step not beeing obvious to a person skilled in the art; and it must have an industrial application.

A patent is an intangible asset, being a source of profit that can be sold or licensed.

Every kind of invention (product or process) in the technology sector can be patented, as long as it is new, capable of industrial application, and innvolves and inventive step. In other words, if an invention is beyond the State of Art, it can be patented. However, the criteria for defining inventions, and the interpretation of these criteria, may differ according to the jurisdiction.

In general, if they meet the aforementioned requirements, patents can protect inventions ranging from machines to medicines or appliances, as well as biological compositions or new ways of obtaining products, substances, or compositions which are already known.

Inventions can also be protected with utility models, and aesthetic inventions with industrial designs:

Utility models are similar to patents as they, equally, provide the monopoly on an invention’s technical aspects. However, they only require that there is a practical or technical advantage in the manufacture of a product or in the use of a process already known. They are less expensive and faster to obtain, but have a shorter protection period.

Industrial designs offer the exclusive rights that protect the aesthetic aspects of a certain manufactured or handcrafted product, including the decorative aspects, such as its shape or colors.

  • They are an additional source of profit, as they can be sold or licensed.

  • They prevent third parties from selling, changing, and manufacturing your inventions without your consent and without paying a certain amount of money.

  • They increase the value of your company and attract investors.

We have a highly-specialized and dedicated team to help you understand what a patent, utility model, or industrial design is and to help you define the best protection strategy for your invention. To this end, services exist to cover the monitoring of your rights, the surveillance of harmful and illegal acts by third parties anywhere in the world, the internationalization of the various forms of protection, and the management of your portfolio, which encompasses the provision of updated information about the status of the invention on the market.

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