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November 7, 2019

Notification on proposed amendments to the Designs Rules, 2001

Draft Designs (Amendment) Rules, 2019 inviting objections from the public have been issued. Proposed amendments include: (i) substitution of existing classification of goods with the International Classification for Industrial Designs (pursuant to India’s accession to Locarno Agreement in June 2019); (ii) recognition of ‘Start-ups’ as a separate category of Applicants (like in Patents); and (iii) adoption of a simpler 2-tier arrangement of official fee wherein natural persons, start-ups as well as small entities are all entitled to 75% concession on all official fee.

Draft Designs Rules, 2019 can be accessed at http://ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/213355_1__Design.pdf.

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