Approved the draft bill of new Spanish patent law

The Council of Ministers approved last Friday 14th of November 2014 the submission to the Courts of the new patent law’s draft bill, thereby connecting the clock for its launch. The reform aims to ensure the quality and reliability of Spanish Patents and update the current regulations in force since 1986. 

This major reform intend to adapt the Spanish legal framework in patents field to the reality of Spain of XXI century.

We are going to discuss and briefly analyze which modalities are affected by the reform and how this change in the Spanish patents law affects the situation. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Patents

  • The draft bill of patent law simplifies the granting process and requires to pass a preliminary examination, through which is going to disappear the granting of weak patents. Thereby, patents that are finally granted shall demonstrate that they are new, involve an inventive step and have industrial application.
  • The protection of innovation is encouraged by SMEs and entrepreneurs with the decrease of official rates’ cost. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Utility Models

  • The law also strengthens utility models, since international novelty will be required.
  • Its scope of application is extended to chemicals.
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How to convert a PCT patent application into utility model

A matter arising quite often in patent applicants through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is whether they can transform their current patent application into a utility model.


This change in registration category generally arise after receiving the International Search Report informing of possible difficulties in the further processing.

In order to clarify the concept, I leave the following simplified diagram of the process of a patent by the PCT system:

PCT patent

As it is shown, from the ninth month the designated office will issue the result of the International Search Report (IBI). This outcome is not binding because the national/regional offices will be the responsible for carry out the possible objections in view of the report; anyway IBI gives a good orientation of what can be found later.

It is also possible to modify the set of claims about the current application and submit them together with a series of observations trying to save the objections found in the IBI, and even submit them again to review and examination. 


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Utility models: essential notions and countries in which can be registered

¨Utility models are especially recommended for small and medium companies which, in practice, make “minor” improvements to existing products or adapting those products to new needs.”

One of the most frequent questions that we face in protecting inventions is about the protection of utility models and the countries in which they can be registered.

Utility models are a registration category that does not exist in all countries and is an exclusive right granted for an invention. It allows the right holder to prevent third parties from commercially using the protected invention, with no permission, for a limited period of time.

A utility model is similar to a patent, so sometimes they are also called “petty patents” or “innovation patents”. Although, logically, they have their differences: Differences between utility model and patent of inventions. 

Countries in which exists utility models:

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, the Russian Federation, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

We highlight independently those of Hispanic speech: Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Uruguay.

And also those belonging to the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO): Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

And the 16 countries belonging to the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Chad, Togo.


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Differences between Utility Model and patent of invention in Spain

Which are the main differences between utility model and patent of invention? In our professional activity many times we have to face this issue. Both methods offer the monopoly of technology implied on a different level, which is differentiated by 4 concepts coming from its own nature.

Patent of invention in Spain:

  • Requires international novelty.
  • Long process (about 36 months).
  • A Report on the State of the Art (RSA) is submitted.
  • Offers protection until 20 years.
Utility Model in Spain:
  • Requires national novelty.
  • Short process (about 6 months).
  • It undergoes a period of oppositions.
  • Offers protection until 10 years.

We expand each of these points below.


2019-04-19T06:20:36+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: , , |