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Design Registration

Design registration is a form of intellectual property protection that safeguards a newly created design applied to an article produced through an industrial process from unauthorized replication. This registration grants the owner exclusive rights to use the design for an initial period of ten years, with the potential for a further extension of five years. This article provides an overview of the design registration process in India

The term “design” is explicitly defined in Section 2(d) of the Designs Act 2001. According to this definition, a design encompasses the features of a shape, pattern, configuration, composition, or ornament involving lines or colors. These features are applied to any article, whether two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or a combination of both, through an industrial process or any means, be it mechanical, manual, or chemical. The assessment of these features, when applied to the finished article, is solely based on visual judgment. However, the definition excludes items governed by construction principles or those that are essentially purely mechanical devices.

Following are some advantages that an owner can avail after getting registration of a design in India:

Under the Design Act, 2000 for a design to be registered and protected under the Act, the following are essential requirements that need to be fulfilled

The following documents are to be submitted to get design registration:

The affidavit should be in paragraph form and should contain a declaration of truth and verifiability. However, the controller may regulate the cost involved in design registration according to the fourth schedule.

Protection Offered by Design Registration

When a design is successfully registered, it grants the holder a copyright that spans a 10-year period, which can be extended by an additional 5 years. During this time, the proprietor enjoys an exclusive right to use the design within the registered class.

What Falls Outside the Scope of Design Registration?

In contrast to copyright protection, design registration does not cover literary or artistic works such as books, calendars, stamps, tokens, buildings, structures, and maps. Additionally, applications cannot be made for designs that resemble national flags, emblems, or symbols of any country.

Duration of Design Registration

Design registration remains valid for an initial period of 10 years, with the possibility of extension for an additional 5 years upon payment of the requisite fees. Failure to extend the registration in a timely manner leads to its lapse, but it can be reinstated as follows:

An application for restoration must be submitted within one year from the date of the design’s lapse, using Form 4, specifically in cases of non-payment of the extension fees. Once the application for restoration is approved, the necessary extension fees must be paid.

The first thing to be noted is that the application to register a design may be applied to five different authorities:

Under the provisions of Section 10 of the Design Act, 2000, registration can be canceled if

Trademark vs Copyright vs Patent

What’s protectedAny word, phrase, symbol or design that recognizes and differentiates the source of one party’s goods from those of another.Inventions, such as procedure, manufacturer, composition, machines of matter as well as improvements to these.Books, articles, music, photography, sculptures, dances, sound recordings, motion films and other original works of authorship.
Requirements for protectionA mark must be distinguishable, in the sense that it must be able to identify the source of a certain good.A fresh, valuable, and unusual invention is required.A work must be unique, original, and created in a tangible manner.
Term of protectionAs long as the mark is used in commerce.20 yearsAuthor’s life span+ 70 years.
Rights GrantedRight to use the mark and to prohibit others from using identical marks in a way that could create confusion about the goods or services’ origin.Right to restrict others from manufacturing, selling, or importing the patented invention.Copyrighted works have the power to dictate their reproduction, creative works, circulation, public performance, and display.