Overview

A design right protects the distinct appearance of a product, by providing a monopoly over the design of the product. Conception of a design requires investment of considerable amount of time and capital and plays an important role in the sales of the product by shaping a buyer’s preference for that article.

Under the Indian Designs Act, 2000 only those designs that are new or original are a subject matter of registration in India. A design cannot be registered if it is not significantly distinguishable from known designs or combination of designs. By registering a design, the proprietor gets returns on the investment that it had made in developing the design.

The Firm helps its clients in securing and protecting the designs for their products. The Firm has developed a customized system having records of granted designs and pending design applications in India that enables the Firm to maintain proper tracks of the deadlines and take actions on matter in a time-bound manner.

The Firm’s services include -:

  • Preparing, filing, and prosecuting design applications;
  • Renewal, opposition and infringement procedures.
  • Efficient Design Searches
  • Advising on Registration of Design
  • Advising on Infringement of Design
  • Advising on Opposition and Licensing of Design
  • Design watch
  • Protection of Design Rights

Other Intellectual Property

Geographical indication of goods is the intellectual property that indicates the place of origin of a good or product and refers to the country or to a place in a country from where the product has originated. The geographical indicators are extremely important as they denote to a consumer the assurance of quality and distinctiveness of the product. Examples of geographical indicators include Basmati Rice, Darjeeling Tea, Pochampally Ikat.

In India, the protection of geographical indicators is governed by The Geographical Indicators of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, that seeks to provide for registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India. The registration of geographical indications confers certain rights on the registered proprietor and the authorized user and they can institute suit for infringements of geographical indications. The Firm assists its clients in registration and better protection of geographical indications.

Semiconductor Integrated Circuit means a product having transistors and other circuitry elements, which are inseparably formed on a semiconductor material or an insulating material or inside the semiconductor material and designed to perform an electronic circuitry function. These semiconductor integrated circuits are utilized in a number of products such as watches, television sets, washing machines, automobiles etc.

In India, semiconductor integrated circuits are protected by The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout – Design Act, 2000. This Act is a supplement act to the Indian Design Act, 2000 and provides for intellectual property protection for semiconductor integrated circuits layout designs. A layout design expressed in any manner, which is original, which has not been commercially exploited for more than 2 years from the date of application for the registration, which is inherently distinctive and capable of being distinguishable from any other registered layout design, is protected or registered under the Act. The Firm provides its services with respect to registration of semiconductor integrated circuits layout designs and protection against infringement.

Under Indian law, new plant varieties are protected by The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Act 2001. The Act provides for the establishment of an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders, and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants. It also provides legal protection to the rights of both breeders and farmers for their contribution made in conserving, improving and making available plant genetic resources for development of new plant varieties. The Act helps to stimulate investment for research and development to produce new plant varieties. Registration of a plant variety under the Act gives protection only in India and confers upon the rights holder, its successor, agent, or licensee the exclusive right to produce, sell, market, distribute, import, or export the variety.