In a legal sense, an industrial design constitutes the ornamental aspect of an article. An industrial design may consist of three dimensional features, such as the shape of an article, or two dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or color.Design protection is granted to new or original designs which appeal to the eye.In principle, the owner of a registered industrial design or of a design patent has the right to prevent third parties from making, selling or importing articles bearing or embodying a design which is a copy, or substantially a copy, of the protected design, when such acts are undertaken for commercial purposes.
Registration of designs confers significant commercial advantage on the owner. Application for registration of a design must be filed before any commercialization or public display of the article. Prior public display or commercialization can dis-entitle the owner.Industrial designs are applied to a wide variety of products of industry and handicraft items: from packages and containers to furnishing and household goods, from lighting equipment to jewelry, and from electronic devices to textiles. Industrial designs may also be relevant to graphic symbols, graphical user interfaces (GUI), and logos.
Design registration takes relatively less time to obtain compared to other forms of intellectual property. The term of protection for a design is 5 years. Nepal is a signatory to the Paris Convention for the protection of Industrial Property and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The Firm provides comprehensive services including Prosecution, Enforcement and Advisory services. We handle design prosecution covering everything from industrial products, handicrafts, technical and medical instruments, watches and jewelry, housewares, electrical appliances, automotive products, etc.