Generally, it takes 6-9 months from the filing to the issue of registration of design certificate. Generally, the examination is conducted within 3-4 months from the filing date of the design application.
The applicant is required to comply with all the objections/requirements raised in the official action within the six months from the date of filing the application. It is possible to request for additional time of up to a maximum three months to comply with the objections. Thus, even with objections being raised the design registration is completed within 9 months of filing.
‘Design’ means only the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament or composition of lines or colour or combination thereof applied to any article whether two dimensional or three dimensional or in both forms, by any industrial process or means, whether manual, mechanical or chemical, separate or combined, which in the finished article appeal to and are judged solely by the eye, but does not include any mode or principle or construction or any thing which is in substance a mere mechanical device, and does not include any trade mark, as define in clause (v) of sub-section of Section 2 of the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, 1958, property mark or artistic works as defined under Section 2(c) of the Copyright Act, 1957.