Design attorney in India

I, Mahesh Bhagnari, am the Managing Principal of the firm:

  • I am an Attorney at Law with Bar Council Registration № MAH/1574/2003.
  • I am a licensed Patent attorney in India and Design attorney in India with Registration № IN PA 1108.
  • I am a licensed Trademark attorney in India with Registration № 10742.
  • I have more than eighteen years of professional experience working in the field of Intellectual property.
Patent attorney in India

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Application for Design Registration in India

An application for Design Registration in India consists of details of the applicant along with a copy of the drawing sheet showing the article from all sides.

A POA from the inventor/applicant accompanies the application.

All these documents need to be in ENGLISH.

To file an application for Design Registration in India we would require:

  1. Name, address, and nationality of applicants.
  2. Representation sheet showing the article from all sides
  3. The drawings in PDF/JPG format.
  4. Power of Attorney signed by the applicants.

Do note that:
A claim of priority must be filed within 6 months of the earliest priority date, failure to do so would result in the application deemed to be fresh.

What is a Design Registration in India?

Design registration in India is a protection over the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament or composition of lines or color or a combination thereof applied to any article which gives it a distinctive visual appearance. The design should be new or original, not previously published or used in any country before the date of application for registration.

Essential elements for a Registration of Design in India

  1. The design must be new, original, and not previously published or used in any country before the date of filing the application for registration.
  2. The design must have distinct features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation capable of being applied to an article.
  3. The design must be capable of being applicable to any article by an industrial process.
  4. The features of the designs in the finished article should capable of being judged solely by the eye.
  5. The Design should be significantly distinguishable from a known design or a combination of known designs.

Attorney fee for Design in India

Action based fee

  • Attorney fee for preparing and filing a design application in India
  • Additional fee for responding to office actions
  • Additional fee for preparing evidences and arguments
  • Additional fee for attending hearings with the examiner

Capped Flat fee

  • Attorney fee for preparing and filing a design application in India
  • No further fee for responding to office actions
  • No further fee for preparing evidences and arguments
  • No further fee for attending hearings with the examiner

 Official fee of filing a Design Registration in India

Applicant typeIndian RupeesUS Dollars
Individual100018
Large Firm400072

What is the objective of Design Registration in India?

The objective of the Designs Act is to protect new or original designs and safeguard the creation of the designer. Often the purchase of articles is influenced not only by their practical efficiency but also by their appearance. The important purpose of a design registration is to ensure that the artisan, creator, originator of a design is not deprived of his/her bonafide reward.

When does the Applicant for Registration of Design get the registration Certificate?

When an application for registration of a design is in order, it is accepted and registered. A certificate of registration is subsequently issued to the applicant. This usually takes about 9 months. However, a separate request is to be made to the Controller of Designs for obtaining a certified copy of the certificate for use in legal proceedings.

What is the Register of Designs in India?

The Register of Designs is a document maintained by The Patent Office, Kolkata, as a statutory requirement. It contains the design number, class number, date of filing (in this country) and reciprocity date (if any), name and address of the proprietor, and such other matters as would affect the validity of proprietorship of the design. It is open for public inspection on payment of the prescribed fee & an extract from the register may also be obtained on request.

What is the effect of design registration in India?

The registration of a design confers upon the registered proprietor ‘Copyright’ in the design for the period of registration. ‘Copyright’ means the exclusive right to apply a design to the article belonging to the class in which it is registered.

What is the date of Design registration?

The date of design registration in India, except in case of priority, is the actual date of filing of the application. In case of registration of design with priority, the date of registration is the date of making an application in the reciprocal country.

Is it possible to re-register a design in respect of which Copyright has expired?

No. A registered design, the copyright of which has expired cannot be re-registered.

How can one ascertain whether registration subsists in respect of any Design?

For ascertaining whether registration subsists in respect of a design, a request should be made to the Patent Office, Kolkata. If the serial number of the registered design is known, the request should be made on Form 6, otherwise on Form 7, together with a fee of Rs. 500/- or Rs. 1,000/- respectively.

Is marking of an article compulsory in the cases of an article to which a registered design has been applied?

Yes, it would be always advantageous to the registered proprietors to mark the article to indicate the number of the registered design except in the case of textile designs. Otherwise, the registered proprietor would not be entitled to claim damages from any infringement unless the registered proprietor establishes that he/she took all proper steps to ensure the marking of the article, or the registered proprietor shows that the infringement took place after the person guilty thereof knew or had received notice of the existence of the copyright in the design.

Is it mandatory to make the article by industrial process or means, before making an application for registration of design?

No, design means a conception or suggestion or idea of a shape or pattern which can be applied to an article or intended to be applied by industrial process or means. Example – a new shape which can be applied to a pen, thus capable of producing a new pen with a distinct visual appearance. It is not mandatory to produce the pen first and then make an application for design registration.

Why is it important to apply for registration of design at the earliest possible date?

The first-to-file rule is applicable for design registration in India. If two or more applications relating to an identical or a similar design are filed on different dates only the first application shall be considered for registration of a design.

Can the same applicant make an application for the same design again, if the prior application has been abandoned?

Yes, the same applicant can apply again since no publication of the abandoned application was made by the Patent Office, provided the applicant does not publish the said design in the meanwhile.

How to get information on registration of design?

After registration of a design, the most relevant views of the article along with other bibliographic data shall be published in the official gazette.

Whether it is possible to transfer the right of ownership?

Yes, it is possible to transfer the right through assignment, agreement, transmission with terms and conditions in writing, or by operation of law. An application in form-l0, with a fee of Rs. 500/- in respect of one design and Rs. 200/- for each additional design, for registration of the transfer documents, is required to be made by the beneficiary to the Controller within six months from the date of execution of the instruments or within a further period not exceeding six months in aggregate. An original/notarized copy of the instrument to be registered in the register of design is required to be enclosed with the application.

What is meant by priority claiming of a design in India?

Based on a first application filed in one of the contracting states, the applicant may, within six months apply for protection in India. This application shall be regarded as if it had been filed on the same day as the first application.

Can the name, address of proprietor, or address for service be altered in the register of design?

The name of the registered proprietor, address, or address for service can be altered in the register of designs provided this alteration is not made by way of change of ownership through conveyance i.e. deed of assignment, transmission, license agreement, or by any operation of law.

Are the registered designs open for public inspection?

Yes, registered designs are open for public inspection only after publication in the official gazette, on payment of the prescribed fee of Rs. 500/- on a request in Form-5.

How does a registration of a design in India stop other people from exploiting it?

Once a design is registered, it gives the legal right to bring an action against those persons (natural/legal entity) who infringe the design right, in the Court not lower than District Court to stop such exploitation and to claim any damages to which the registered proprietor is legally entitled. However, if the design is not registered, there shall be no legal right available to take any action against the infringement under the provisions of the Designs Act, 2000.

What is an artistic work which is not the subject matter of a design registration in India?

An artistic work as defined under Section 2(c) of the Copyright Act, 1957 shall not a subject matter for registration.
‘Artistic works’ means:

  1. A painting, a sculpture, a drawing (including a diagram, map, chart or plan) on engraving or a photograph whether or not such work possesses artistic quality.
  2. A work of architecture and
  3. Any other work of artistic craftsmanship.

What is meant by the classification of goods mentioned in the Third Schedule?

In the third Schedule of Design Rules, 2001 the classification of goods has been mentioned. The classification is based on the Locarno Agreement. Only one class number is to be mentioned in one particular application.
Practical Example: If the design is applied to a toothbrush it will be classified under class 04 & subclass 04-02. Similarly, if the design is applied to a calculator, it will be classified in class 18 & subclass 18-01. Subsequent application by the same proprietor for registration of the same or similar design applied to any article of the same class is possible but the period of registration will be valid only up to the period of previous registration of the same design.

What is meant by Property mark as per the Indian Penal Code (Sec. 479)?

A mark used for denoting that movable property belongs to a particular person is called a property mark. It means that marking any movable property or goods, or any case, package or receptacle containing goods; or using any case, package, or receptacle, with any mark thereon.
Practical example: The mark used by the Indian Railway on their goods may be termed as a property mark for easy identification of the owner.

Written by Mahesh Bhagnari, Patent & Trademark Attorney in India.

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