What is Design? Why get a design registered?

A design means the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colours applied to any article whether in two dimensional or three dimensional or in both forms, by any industrial process or means, whether manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combined, which in the finished article appeal to and are judged solely by the eye; but does not include any mode or principle of construction or anything thing which is in substance a mere mechanical device, and does not include any trademark.

Design gives a product an aesthetic appeal and often also helps to distinguish between products. It is an asset of a firm and therefore needs to be protected like other forms of intellectual property. However it must be noted that registered designs are intended to protect the appearance of products not their function.

Services we provide

We at, IPR INTERNATIONAL SERVICES possess a unique experience in obtaining registration and enforcement rights of designs in difficult and sensitive areas. We also have wide experience of advising clients on how to protect and prevent industrial exploitation of their designs.

Requirements for filing

We assist clients in :

Name, address and nationality of the applicant

Five copies of each pose of drawings, photographs, tracings of specimens (as the case may be)

Name of article or articles to which the design is to be applied

Power of Attorney

Details of first application (if any) in any convention country:-

* Name of Country

* Priority date

* Priority number

The government fee for filing of trade mark / patents / design, grant of patent / design, request for examination of patent, payment of annuities, etc. is based on the type of applicant:

Natural person/ start-up/ small entity

Large entity

The lowest fee is payable by an individual person/ start-up/ small entity (in India, an entity is considered to be a small entity if the initial investment of the entity does not exceed INR 50 crores and the last turnover does not exceed INR 250 crores) which is usually 1/5th of the official fee paid by the large entity.