ABP & IP rights...

Types of IP rights


A patent is issued when an application is filed for inventions that are novel, non-obvious to a person skilled in the relevant field based on prior art (i.e. public information before the application date), and industrially applicable.

Utility models

The utility model, also known as the "small patent," is granted protection if the invention meets the criteria of novelty, non-obviousness to a person skilled in the art, and industrial applicability. However, unlike patents, utility models are not examined but only registered. Additionally, their lifespan is limited to 10 years.


Trademarks are any signs that can be presented in a graphic form and are used to distinguish goods or services of a company. What sets trademarks apart is their indefinite lifespan.


A design patent or design protects the appearance of an industrial product as a "model". It covers new and distinctive designs that can be applied to industrially produced goods. The main focus of design patents is on the aesthetic appearance of the product.

IP rights in the product life cycle

Idea & invention

A unique and non-existent idea forms the foundation for any invention. The Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is crucial in this regard. The invention disclosure search is a quick way to determine if a similar, already patented product exists on the market.


A well-structured and carefully planned approach can help companies define their goals and achieve them. An overview search provides a comprehensive understanding of the current market situation, which can be used to align all measures, sub-projects, and tasks.


Performing an invention disclosure search prior to building the first prototypes can prevent duplicative development efforts and provide insight into ideas with the highest investment potential.

Testing & prototyping 

During this phase, the main focus is on identifying and rectifying any errors. The refined prototypes are then re-examined to ensure a successful market entry.

Market Launch 

Understanding the targeted market is crucial for a successful product launch, and it involves careful analysis. To conquer the market, it's important to have a good understanding of it. This is where up-to-date patent intelligence comes in handy.

Further Development 

Constant innovation is crucial to stay competitive in the market. Patent monitoring provides valuable insights to swiftly adapt to changes and stay ahead of the competition.

Fields of business

IP management software

The uptoIP® platform provides an intelligent solution for centralized IP rights management, employee collaboration, and successful IP development for your company.

IP searches

Performing IP searches can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the market environment and competitors, enabling you to capitalize on emerging trends and developments and ultimately, to establish and protect your own IP rights.

Renewal fees 

ABP PATENT NETWORK GmbH is a cost-effective and dependable partner that handles complete fee management with patent and trademark offices around the world. You can sit back and relax while we keep track of your entire IP portfolio.


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