In today's world, consumers pay significant attention to the outward appearance of the products they purchase and Indian law has not lost sight of the need for protecting the creativity associated therewith. The Designs Act, 2000 allows the protection of outward appearance of products, which could be in the form of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or colours. Being a new field, it raises ample scope for interpretation and litigation as in revocation proceedings or enforcement, including investigation, infringement actions and border protection.
Areas of vital interest to stakeholders range from general consulting, initial consultation and opinions on registerability under the law to the procedural aspects of handling the complete process of design registrations, including design searches and analyses, filing and prosecuting applications, managing pre-registration and post-registration proceedings and formalities. Intellectual Property transactional work including assignments and licensing would also need to be accorded priority.