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Understanding Law related to Designs in Pakistan

What is a design in Pakistan?

The Design right is granted in Pakistan as per the “Registered Designs Ordinance, 2000”. According to  section 2(e) of the Ordinance, design means features of shape, configuration, pattern ornament applied to an article by any industrial process or means, being features which in the finished article appeal to and are judged solely by the eye. However, it does not include a method or principle of construction or features of shape or configuration which are dictated solely by technical and functional considerations.

What can be registered as Design in Pakistan?

     In accordance with the Ordinance, an industrial design is registrable if:

  • it is new or original;
  • had not been made available to the public anywhere in the world and at any time whatsoever through description; and
  • Not contrary to public order or morality.
Relevant OfficePatent Office, Lahore or  Patent Office, Karachi
Law in ForceRegistered Designs Ordinance, 2000
Hague SystemNo
Paris CoventionYes
Document(s) required for filing design applicationComplete details of the applicant(name, address and nationality);Representation of the industrial designPriority details (if applicable)Duly executed Power of Attorney
Prosecution ProcessFiling of Design ApplicationExamination of Design ApplicationRegistrationPublication
Registration Term 10 years from the date of registration and can be extended to second and third period of 10 years (Total-30)


Registered Designs Ordinance, 2000


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