Our firm provides a broad spectrum of services in the area of design laws. As India only protects registered designs, our lawyers provide pre-filing searches and advise on the novelty and originality of the design sought to be protected, and also file design applications and cancellations before the Designs office. It is critically important to ensure that an application for registration of a design is filed prior to disclosing the subject matter of the design in the public domain. Hence securing timely legal advice can be critical in the life cycle of a product design or an industrial design, both to identify the scope of protection available and then to secure such protection.
As design lawyers in India, we offer a comprehensive range of services designed to help protect your product and industrial designs and ensure that you receive the full benefits that flow from them.
The term of protection for a design is 10 years which can be further renewed for a period of 5 years. Choosing the correct class to secure design protection of the widest amplitude is critical. The classification of goods which can be the subject matter of design protection is governed by The Locarno Classification, an international classification used for the purposes of the registration of industrial designs.
Our team of experienced design attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of design law in India and can provide expert advice and guidance on a wide range of issues. We also advise clients on the commercialization of their designs via licensing, assignment, technology transfer and other arrangements. Our team negotiates, drafts and reviews a wide variety of contracts, including license and assignment agreements that involve ownership of design rights (For more details, please refer to the section titled Commercial and Contractual IP)
Our rich experience in intellectual property litigation stands us in good stead in strategizing and litigating design rights in India on behalf of our clients. We prosecute and defend design infringement lawsuits in India before all courts and have a number of landmark decisions in the area of design law to our credit (For more details on Design Infringement Actions, please refer to the section titled IP Litigation and Disputes).