A utility model certificate is a protection document granted by the state. It guarantees its owner an exclusive right for commercial utilisation of a technical solution on a certain territory during a certain time period. Utility model protection lasts for four years as from filing a utility model application and may be extended upon a request of the utility model owner twice, each time by three years. Maximum duration of protection is 10 years.The utility model may give protection to a new technical solution that results from an inventive activity and is industrially applicable. A new product or equipment, new compound or mixture of compounds, new method of production of a known substance or its use for a new purpose are examples of a possible technical solution. Discoveries, scientific theories, mathematical methods, aesthetic creations, schemes, rules and methods of performance of intellectual activities, games or commercial activities, computer programs or mere imparting of information may not be considered technical solutions. Unlike in patents the industrial design cannot protect a method of production of chemical or pharmaceutical compounds or medicinal use of a compound.