A utility model, also called a “simple patent” (Indonesia) or “utility solution patent” (Vietnam), is a specific form of IP protection which is not available in all ASEAN countries. It protects technical solutions like inventions which have sufficiently low levels of inventiveness. The protection period is usually shorter than for patents but the process for obtaining it is also generally quicker and easier.
Unlike other ASEAN countries, Singapore only has one official type of patent. In order to obtain it, an invention must satisfy certain criteria. It must show novelty, have an inventive step (not required for utility models) and be industry applicable.