An applicant may apply for the registration of a design by filling an application on prescribed form accompanied by the appropriate fee and four copies of the design. The design should be prepared on white A4-size paper of robust quality so that it is clearly visible. The application can either be filed at the Design Wing of Indian Patent Office in Kolkata or any of the branch offices at Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. Any application dropped at one of the branch offices will be sent to Kolkata for processing and prosecution.
If the application is in order and no hearing is due, it is accepted and registered. A certificate of registration is issued to the applicant. A person who has applied for the protection of a design in any country, which falls under a convention, can file for the registration of the same design in India within six months.