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The Design Act in India

The Design Act in India was enacted by the Legislature on May 25, 2000 with a view to consolidate and amend the law relating to protection of designs in India.

Under the TRIPS Agreement, minimum standards of protection of industrial designs have been provided for.The design law in India has been amended to incorporate the minimum standards of protection of industrial design.

Designs Act, 2000 aims at promoting innovative activity in the field of industries and serves its purpose well in the rapid changes in technology and international developments. The Design Act was amended in the year 2008 (Designs Amendment Rules 2008) and the amendment provides for a more detailed classification of design to conform to the international system and to take care of the proliferation of design related activities in various fields.

Details regarding the Indian Designs Act can be accessed in the Design section of Indian Patents Designs and Trademarks website at the following link:Intellectual Property India.

The Act comprises of eleven Chapters which inter alia deal with registration of design, copyright in registered designs, industrial and international exhibitions, legal proceedings, powers and duties of Controller of Design etc.

The Design Act, 2000 can be accessed here.

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