In India, industrial designs can be protected through the Designs Act, of 2000, and the Designs Rules, of 2001.
To protect an industrial design, it must be new or original and must not have been published or disclosed prior to the application for protection. The design must also be applicable to an article and must be judged by its visual appearance.
To apply for protection, the applicant must file an application with the Designs Office, which is part of the Indian Patent Office. The application must include representations of the design, a statement of novelty, and a statement of proprietorship.
Once the application is filed, the Designs Office will examine it to ensure that it meets the requirements for protection. If the application is accepted, the design will be registered and the applicant will have exclusive rights to use the design for a period of 10 years, renewable for an additional 5 years.
It’s worth noting that protection is limited to the visual appearance of the design and not to the functionality of the product. In addition, the Designs Act does not provide for the protection of trademarks or copyright in designs, so these may need to be protected separately.
Overall, protecting the industrial design in India requires careful consideration of the legal requirements and proper registration with the Designs Office. It’s recommended to consult with a legal professional to ensure that your design is properly protected.