Patents and utility models are technical protective rights. Patents are granted by the Patent Office for technical innovations. It gives its owner a monopoly right and provides him a marketing advantage and he is fully protected from copying. The utility model is also a technical protective right; it is often called a 'small Patent'. Usually the utility model is granted by the Patent Office without further investigation, the disadvantage being that it is less protected than the patent. We assist and advise you in any question related to the patent and utility model together with Cologne based patent law office.