When you are thinking about getting an International Design Registration done, you need to know answers to these 4 basic questions :
What is Design?
If we refer to the Designs Act, 2000, Industrial Design is outlined as “the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament or composition of lines or colour or combination thereof applied to any article whether 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”. Try to figure it out! If you can’t, get in touch with a Design Patent Consultant. They will explain it to you.
Why should you register a Design?
If the design of your product is something out of the box, something different, something unique, and if you want to protect it legally, then you must get your design registered.
Nowadays design plays a major role in the decision making process of the consumers. If you want to prevent anyone else from pilfering your consumer base by copying your design, you must get it registered in your name and be entitled as the creator.
You can take help of a reputed Design Patent attorney to aid you in the process.
What are the requirements for registering a Design?
Again if we refer to The Designs Act, 2000, it lists the following requirements for registering a design :
- The design should have originality. It should not, in any way, be a copied version of another existing design.
- The design should be applied or applicable to an article. This excludes industrial plans or layouts from registration as designs.
- The design should be applied to an article by an industrial process. This excludes artefacts such as paintings and sculptures that are not produced in bulk by an industrial process.
- The design should be visible on the final article. This is because the design is judged solely by the eye.
Experienced Design Patent Agents will be able to tell you all about the requirements for registering the design, in detail.