law of designs is enshrined in the Designs
Ordinance, 2000. The Act seeks to provide for the registration of designs in
Pakistan. The rights granted under the
Ordinance are operative in the whole of
What is a Design
A DESIGN is defined as the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or composition of lines or
colors applied to any article 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 of construction or anything which is in substance a mere mechanical device and does not include any trademark or property mark or artistic work .
Ordinance protects only designs that is aesthetic in nature. They may be decorative elements added to the article or they may be part of very shape or configuration. Novelty and originality are important criteria in a design for registration. In addition, only those designs that are applied to an article by an industrial process will be protected.
Almost all jurisdictions including
Pakistan follow Locarno Classification for registration of design comprising 32 classes, numbered 1 to 31 and an additional class 99 to include articles not falling under the aforesaid 31 classes. Most of the classes are further divided into sub classes. Design applications must be filed in a particular class depending upon the predominant material with which the article is made or is capable of being made.
Rights conferred by registration
The registration of a design confers the proprietor copyright in the design for the period of registration. Copyright means the exclusive right to apply the design in respect of the article for which it is registered.
Who Can Apply For A Design
An inventor or any other person/company assigned by the inventor can apply and obtain the registration for the design.
Filing and Prosecuting Design Applications
An application for design on Form-1 accompanied by four copies of representation of the design and prescribed fee
is filed at the Patent Office located at,
Karachi. The Designs Office initially provides a filing number and filing date and issues a filing receipt, which is sent to the applicant or his attorney. Thereafter the application is formally examined by the Designs Office. Defects will be communicated to the applicant. Once the application is found to be in order it is accepted and the Designs Office issues the registration certificate.
Duration of registration
The term of a design registration is initially for a period of ten years. The renewal is possible for further period of 5 years.
Remedies For Infringement
It is the sole responsibility of the proprietor to see that his design is not being infringed upon by others. It is the proprietor's duty to file a suit of infringement against the
infringer. The reliefs which may be usually awarded in such a suit are –