In Macao, a patent or utility model application can be filed.
In the application procedure, the Industrial Property Gazette publishes a notice disclosing that the application was filed, together with an abstract, with the National Industrial Property Institute. The applicant is granted protection on a temporary basis after the patent is registered. Once the description and drawings have been delivered to the INPI, an examination of the application is undertaken, then a report from which is prepared within six months of the publication of the application. A patent is granted or rejected based on the result of the examination. If the examination is favorable, a notice will be published in the Intellectual Property Gazette to allow opposition to be filed by other party. If there is no opposition or rejection of the patent, the patent will be granted.
The procedures for granting patents for utility models are the same as those for patents, with only differences in their unique features.
Patents last for 20 years from the filing date of the application.
Utility Models last for 6 years from the filing date of the application, which are extendable two times each with 2 additional years, so that the maximum duration of the registration is 10 years from the filing date of the application.
Utility Model Patent
Filing application and requesting for substantive examination
Extension of Invention patent from SIPO
4th to 5th year, per year
6th to 20th year, per year
3th to 10th year, per year
6th to 25th year, per year
Recording change of name/address
Invalidation/Infringement of patent
Utility Model patent
On a case by case basis