MEANING OF DESIGN
A design of an article may be registered if the feature of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament given to an article by any industrial process or means, whether manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combine manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combined, which in the finished article appeal to and are judge solely by the eye. The principle or the mode of construction of the article or mere mechanical contrivance cannot be registered as designs. Trade Marks and Trade Names are also excluded from the scope of design.
After a design is registered the proprietor of the design is supplied with a certificate of copyright. The copyright is for the period of five years from the date of registration (which is the date of application) which may be further extended for second and third period of five years on payment of prescribed fee on each occasion. Such application should be made before the expire of the original or extended term, i.e. before the copyright in a design ceases.
COPYRIGHT IN REGISTERED DESIGNS
When a design is registered, the registered proprietor of the design shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, have copyright in the design during five years from the date of registration.