Utility models are one of the important tools for protecting
technical inventions and are popular in Turkey, mainly among the domestic
The protection period of a utility model is 10 years. Protection is directed
relatively simple inventions and therefore chemicals and processes cannot be
protected by utility models. Registrability criteria are Novelty and industrial
applicability (inventive step is not required). Neither novelty search nor
examination stages are carried out.
The term for obtaining the utility model letters is about 14 months with stages
formal examination (1-3 months),
publication for the opposition of third parties (3 months) and registration (3-4
In the case of an opposition, the Institute issues an official letter and
invites the applicant to file a response against the said opposition in 3 months.
It is not obligatory to respond to oppositions and applicant may directly claim