Design

A design refers to the features of a shape, configuration, colours, pattern or ornament applied to any article or non-physical product that give that article or non-physical product its appearance. It protects the external appearance of the article or non-physical product.

When you register a design, you protect the external appearance of the article or non-physical product and have the right to control its use.

As an owner of the registered design, you can prevent others from using the design without your permission. You can exploit your design in many ways.

You can also use your registration to protect your market share by barring copying by others, license if to third parties for commercial returns or sell the design for monetary returns. 

Once your design is registered, it will be protected for an initial 5 years from the date of filing. Thereafter, the registration is to be renewed every 5 years, up to 15 years. 

Issuance of IP registrations
Within
4 MONTHS
from date of application

Adjudication of cases
Within
3 MONTHS
from date ready for full hearing

Issuance of Grounds of Decision
Within
3 MONTHS
from hearing



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