The following cannot be protected:
- A manufacturing process;
- Functional features of an article
- A principle of construction, or how an article is built
- The materials used in the construction of an article
- The useful purpose (functionality) the design serves or is intended to serve
- Colour per se or Ideas.
For registration of industrial design, under the Designs Act, 2000 following points must be adhered to:
- Design should be new or original, not previously published or used in any country before the date of application for registration.
- Design should relate to features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation, composition of lines or colours applied to an article.
- Design should be applied to any article by any industrial process or means whether manual, mechanical, chemical, separate or combined.
- Design should not be linked to any functional aspect of the article.