Do you want to protect yourself against utility models tailored to your products, especially in China? Do you want to ensure that you are not excluded from the sale of your own development or would you like to use utility models to secure the Chinese market for your product?
With regard to China, it is especially advisable to protect smaller developmental steps with utility models. This enables you to obtain a relatively economical yet strong intellectual property right as well as to efficiently prevent competitors and freeloaders from successfully applying for your invention. Recent experience has proven the wisdom of applying for a utility model in China. You can thus pre-empt others who might, for example, copy your technology after it has been introduced on the market and file an application in China for your products. It is especially advisable to apply for your own Chinese utility model at an early stage, rather than trying to remedy the situation later, after third parties have already fraudulently applied for the same.
Applying for a Chinese utility model, particularly in light of the comparatively low hurdles for assessing novelty and inventive activity, generally proves useful, even in case of smaller developmental steps or when transferring technology for other applications.