Design Rules (India) 2001 – GENERAL – REGISTER OF DESIGNS


  1. Registering designs

(1) When a design is accepted, there shall be entered in the Register of Design, in addition to the particulars required by the Act, the number of the design, the class in which it is registered, the date of filling the application for registration in this country, the reciprocity date, if any, claim for the registration, and such other matters as would effect the validity or proprietorship of the design.

(2) When such Register of Design is maintained wholly or partly on computer under floppies or diskettes, such computer floppies or diskettes shall be maintained under superintendence and control of Controller and in case of any dispute or doubt with regard to information of designs, the information as contained in the backup file or master file shall be final.

(3) Where the accepted design is one in respect of which a reciprocity date has been allowed, the registration, the extension or the expiration of the copyright in the said design shall be reckoned from such reciprocity date.


  1. Alteration of address

A proprietor of a registered design may make a request in Form 22 to the Controller for alteration of his name, or address, or addresses for service, in the Register of Design. The Controller may require such proof of alteration so requested as he may think fit before acting on the request and on satisfaction, the Controller shall cause the Register to be altered accordingly.


  1. Registration of documents under sub-section (3) of section 30

An application referred to in subsection (3) of section 30 shall be made in Form- 10.


  1. Application for entry of subsequent proprietorship

An application referred to in sub-section (1) or (2) of the section 30 shall be made to the Controller in Form 11 or 12 or 13 as the case may be.


  1. Particulars in applications

An application under rule 33 shall contain the name, address and nationality of the person claiming to be entitled, together with full particulars of the instrument, if any, under which he claims.


  1. Production of documents of title and other proof

Every assignment, and every other document containing, giving effect to or being evidence of the transmission of copyright in a registered design or affecting the proprietorship thereof or creating an interest therein as claimed in application under rule 33 shall unless the Controller otherwise directs, be presented to him either in original, or notarially certified true copy together with the application and he may call for such other proof of title or written consent as he may require for his satisfaction:


Provided that in the case of a document which is a public document, an official or certified copy thereof may be presented.


  1. Form of entry

The entry to be made in the Register on request under rule 34 shall be in the following form :-


In pursuance of an application received on the


Registered as    Proprietors




By virtue of       Assignment





dated _________________ and made between ________________

of the one part and _______________

of the other part.


  1. Entry of notification of documents

An application for entry in the Register of Design of notification of any document (not already provided for), purporting to affect the proprietorship of a registered design, shall be accompanied by an attested copy of the document, the accuracy of such copy being certified as the Controller may direct, and the original or notarially certified true copy of the document shall at the same time be produced and left at the Office if required for further verification.


  1. Hours of inspection of Register

The Register of Designs shall be open to the inspection of the public at all times on which the Office is open to the public, except at times when they are required for actual official use.


  1. Rectification of Register

If an application is made for the rectification of the Register of Design under section 31 of the Act, the Controller shall notify all persons whose names, at the time of the application are entered on the Register as claiming an interest in the design, and shall advertise the application in the Official Gazette.


  1. Opposition to rectification

(1) Notice of opposition to any rectification of the Register of Design may be given within three months of the advertisement of the application for rectification.

(2) The opponent shall, within fourteen days of giving notice of opposition, leave at the office his written statement in duplicate setting out the nature of his interest, the facts upon which he bases his opposition and the relief, which he seeks.

(3) The Controller shall furnish the applicant with a copy each of the notice of opposition and the written statement.

(4)The procedure specified in sub-rules (4) to (13) for rule 29 relating to leaving evidence and hearing shall, so far as may be, apply to the hearing of the application under section 31 as they apply to the hearing of a petition under section 19.