Design registration is a type of intellectual property protection under which a newly created design applied to an article created under an industrial process can be protected from counterfeiting. Design registration provides the creator exclusive rights to use the design for ten years, which can be further extended for five years.
A shape, configuration, pattern or ornament, or composition of lines and colors or combination applied to any article can be registered under the Design Act,2000. But for a design to get registered, it must satisfy the following conditions:
- It should be new and original.
- The design should relate to shape, configuration, pattern, or ornament applied to an article.
- The design must be applied to any article by an industrial process.
- The design must be visible and should appear in the article.
Under the Design Act, the owner of a registered design can seek legal remedy in case of infringement