Design Registration

The term “design” contains only the characteristics of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament, or composition of lines, tones, and colors applied to any article, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional, whether it is made by hand or mechanically, isolated or combined so that they appeal to and are judged by the eye alone, without any reference to any method, principle, or mode of construction.

Registration of a design in India grants the owner exclusive control over his or her product for a limited period. This includes the right to prevent others from making or using their design or copyright protection.

Intellectual property protection should be based on originality and novelty, which allows a newly created design to be applied to an article made using an industrial process but protected against piracy. Once a design is registered, the owner has exclusive use rights for ten years, which can be extended for another five years.

The Design Act, 2000 allows for the registration of a shape, configuration, pattern, ornament, or combination of lines, colors, or combinations thereof applied to any article.

Registration of a design, however, requires that it meet the following conditions:

According to Section 2(d) of the Designs Act 2001, a design is defined as a shape, pattern, configuration, composition, or ornament, whether it is two-dimensional or three-dimensional, applied mechanically or manually, by hand or by chemical means in the finished product, which are strictly measurable by the eye, but are not subject to construction or mechanical devices.

Design Registration in India protects various industrial designs. The Designs Act of 2000 and the corresponding Designs Rules of 2001 govern the entire procedure of Design Registration.

Difference between Design registration and Trademark

Important considerations during the design registration process

Prepare your documents correctly

By filing a design registration in India application that addresses all aspects of the Design Act, GB Legal Associates can significantly improve the chances of successful registration.

Processing of government information

A design registration application does not guarantee the registration of a design. GB Legal Associates offers design registration services based on our experience and expertise. Registrants are assigned registration based on the facts and premise of each case.


It is essential to track the status of an application after it is filed on the Government site until it is processed. A time-bound response may be required from the applicant during the design registration application process. It is vital that you continuously monitor the application's status and take the necessary steps.

Protective measures

To inform competitors of registered designs and prevent counterfeiting, the Patent Office maintains and publishes a list of all registered designs. A registered design owner who is the victim of infringement or piracy can seek legal remedy under the Designs Act.

A 10-Year Protection Plan

A registered design is licensed for ten years, renewable every five years for ten years in total under the Designs Act. Generally, however, design registration is only possible when the design is incorporated into an industrial process. Design registration cannot be done on items covered by either the Trademark Act or the Copyright Act.

What is the purpose of registering a design?

A unique industrial design is characterized by its ability to be recognizable through its distinctive forms, formations, patterns, adornments, or combinations of such shapes or shades. When a design is completed, it is quite easy to see why it appeals. Exceptional designs have a positive effect on the market.

Business entities may need Design Registration for a variety of reasons:

  • To protect unique designs in India from imitation and misappropriation, we need an effective and well-positioned legal shield.
  • Creativity and originality should be promoted and developed.
  • Businesses operating within WTO Member nations where Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) have been negotiated are required to abide by it.
  • Law Applicable to Design Registration
  • The Designs Act, 2000, and the Designs Rules, 2001, which have replaced the 1911 Act, regulate the registration and protection of industrial designs in India.
  • Several amendments were made to the Design Rules, 2001 by the Designs (Amendment) Rules 2008 and the Designs (Amendment) Rules 2014, as well.

The advantages of registering your designs

A registered design under the Design Act 2000 has the following advantages:

Types of applications for registration of designs

There are 2 types of Design Applications:

  • Application for Ordinary Status

Priority is not claimed by an ordinary application.

  • Application for reciprocity

Through a reciprocity application, the applicant claims the priority of a previous application filed in another conventional country. A petition for such a convention must be filed in India within six months after it is filed in the convention country. An extension is not permitted.

  • The following are important points to remember when filing a design registration application:

Patent Forms and illustrations must be correctly completed so that a Design Registration Application can be processed efficiently. Most applications are subject to objections during the formality check stage, with 90% of applications receiving objections. Fewer objections, but more significant ones, are made during this stage. For reasons such as originality and uniqueness. Incorrectly. Filing needs to be carefully done.

The filing of replies to such formal objections is often appealed by agents or lawyers, leading to additional delays of 4-5 months. Consequently, the Design Applications require meticulous preparation of all documents required. By doing so, the time required to complete the Design Registration application will be significantly shorter.

Design Applications properly filed with the Patent Office will be registered. Just one month after applying, corresponds with the significant criteria of forgetting registration. Starting in April 2011, this measure will be implemented.

The complete process for the Design Registration

The complete process of Design Registration is explained below –


By the Designs Act, 2000 and Designs Rules, 2001, applications for registration of a design are assigned to an Examiner of Designs for their examination to verify that the application and the documents satisfy formal requirements and that the design is registrable when applied to an article.

The Examiner determines whether:

● Is the application formatted correctly?
● Does the prescribed fee have to be paid?
● Do you mention the name, address, and nationality of the applicant?
● Does the application form include the address for service?
● Does the application form require a declaration of proprietorship?
● Do you have a representation sheet prepared as per Rule 14?
● Is the power of attorney filed, if applicable?

Substantive Examination

To determine if the proposed design meets certain criteria, a substantive examination is performed:
● Does the Act apply to undesirable designs?
● Original or new?
● Are they harmful to public morality or order?
● Is this a danger to India's security?

Consideration Of The Report Of Examiner

If the design is applied to an article, and if it is eligible for registration, it shall be registered immediately. The applicant will receive a certificate of registration upon receiving the registration application.

If the Controller is not satisfied with the report or believes the application needs to be amended, he or she will notify the applicant. A failed or non-requested hearing by applicants within three months of being notified of objections is considered a withdrawal.

The period for removing objections cannot exceed six months from the date of filing of the application. A Form-18 can be filed within six months to extend the residency period by three months. Applicants who comply with all the requirements under the Act and Rules and submit an objection statement will successfully register their applications.

Design Registration & Publication

After a patent application has been registered, it is published in the Patent Office Journal within a month of registration. The registration number is the same as the application number. On the date an application is filed, it is usually registered as pending.

Register Of Designs

A Register of Designs is maintained by the Patent Office, Kolkata, which lists all of the registered designs. Public access to this register is available. Alternatively, you can register electronically via the official website of the IPI.