- Industrial Designs are the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colours applied to the product which makes it look different from other articles in the market.
- The purpose of industrial designs is to add on to the aesthetic value of the product to increase the marketability while making our life easier.
- The Designs Act 2000 governs the provisions relating to designs in India and specifically mentions that the design to be registered must be visible on the finished article.
What can be registered as Design in India?
For a design to get registration, it should have the following features:
What cannot be registered as Design
- Book covers
- Greeting Cards
The inside arrangements of a a product (say money purse, box or analmirah, etc.) are not designs under the Act as their design is not visible at the surface when put on display.
Benefits of Registration
Term of Design
The design protection is provided for 10 years. The period of protection is extendable to 5 years after the expiry of 10 years’ duration.
Piracy of a design means the application of a design or its imitation to any article belonging to class of articlesin which the design has been registered for the purpose of sale or importation of such articles without the written permission.
Publishing such articles or exposing terms for sale with knowledge of the unauthorized application of the design to them is piracy of a design. As a responsible member of the society, refrain from any such unauthorized use.
The Designs Act requires for establishment of an office to be called the Design Office. The Design Office is currently located at Kolkata.