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Startups and small entities in India to reap benefits u...

India’s newest amendments to its Design Rules will hugely benefit startups and small entities seeking to obtain design registrations. The amended Design Rules now recognize “Startups” as a separate category of applicants and have reduced the overall filing and prosecution fees for small entities. ......
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India formally adopts Locarno Classification for Design...

Six months after it became a signatory to the Locarno Agreement (which establishes a classification for industrial designs), on 25 January 2021, India notified the Design (Amendment) Rules, 2021 to formally adopt the “Locarno Classification”. ......
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Overview of process and time required for registering a...

What are the various stages and the timelines involved in the grant of an Indian design? An Indian design application goes through the following stages, till grant: Filing: For convention design application: Within 6 months from date of earliest filing in the country (s) under Paris convention/WTO. First Examination Report (FER) by the ......
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Documents required for filing a design application in I...

Who can file a design application in India? True and first inventor, Assignee of the inventor, or Legal representative. What are the minimum documents/information required for filing an ordinary/convention application in India? The minimum documents and information which are required for filing an ordinary or a convention application have been summari......
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Permissible amendments for a design in India

What are the permissible amendments under Indian Design Act? S.N Document/ information which could be amended When Comments 1 Name and address of Applicant, and address for service - Anytime during the pendency of application; - After registration - 2 Any document for the amendment of which no special provision is made in the Act may b......
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Restoring a lapsed design in India

Is it possible to restore the design lapsed due to non-payment of extension fee within prescribed time? A registration of design will cease to be effective on termination of 10-year period from date of registration if extension fee for further term of five years is not paid before the expiry of original period of 10 years. However, lapsed designs may be re......
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Registration process for a design in India

What is the date of registration of a design? The date of registration of an ordinary application is the date of filing of the application in India. In case of convention application, the date of registration is the date of filing of application in the convention country. What is the term of registration of a design? After the registration of a design......
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Criteria for claiming reduction in fee for a design app...

Can an applicant claim a reduction in official fee? Yes, the applicant can claim a reduction in official fee if at least one of the following conditions is satisfied: The applicant is one or more natural person The applicant is a small entity. Who can claim a small entity status? A company/ firm which has: An investment of less than......
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Prosecution of a design application in India

Are dotted lines permissible in drawings? The Design Office has been consistently taking a stand that dotted lines in the drawings are not permissible. In case the drawings are filed along with dotted lines, the Controller may require: Removal of dotted lines; Conversion of dotted lines to solid lines. Is it possible to conduct a telephonic......