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German Utility Model (Gebrauchsmuster) instruction

Step 1: Login and select "New Cases" > "Germany" > "Utility model" in the navigation bar on the left side.

Step 2: Complete the online application form; upload documents; and pay by credit card

1. PCT


  • Specification must be in German
  • Don't refer to brand names / trademarks
  • SI units only
  • Typed text only
  • Margins: upper 2.5cm, left 2.5cm, right 1.5cm, bottom 1cm


  • Unity of invention required
  • No process / method claims or plant / animal varieties
  • Multiple independent claims and claim dependencies permitted
  • May amend claims on filing


  • Only black and white / grayscale drawings (no photographs)
  • Show cross-section with hatching
  • Drawing numbers and reference numbers in drawings must be at least 0.32cm high
  • No text in the drawings apart from reference numbers and figure numbers

Next steps:

  • Upon payment, Prisma IP Law (a German law firm) will review and file the German Utility Model (Gebrauchsmuster).
  • We will send you an application number and filing receipt within 2-3 business days, and you can track the status of the application online.
  • Within 2-3 months, we should receive the German Utility Model certificate. A scanned copy will be emailed to you. Postage can be arranged (optional).
  • About 6 weeks later, the German Utility Model should be published.

Note: Filing, publication and registration fees (inclusive of official fees) are included in our filing fee. Downstream costs: Postage of the paper certificate (optional), Renewals.

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