Design Legislation in India
The Designs law in India was first observed in The Patterns and Designs Act,1872. Further, in 1911 the British government enacted the Patent and Designs Act repealing all the prior legislations. In 1970, the Patent Act was enacted to deal with the patent claims specifically, however, all the provisions regarding patents from this Act were repealed and proceeded with Industrial designs till 2000.
Due to rapid industrial growth and technological advancement, the Designs Act, 2000 was enacted, to make the Designs Law in India in compliance with TRIPS. It is an Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the protection of designs and came into effect on 25.05.2000.
Following is the List of Main Design Acts and Rules:
ENACTMENT DATE TITLE OF THE LEGISLATION
25.05.2000 The Designs Act,2000 (No.16 of 2000)
11.05.2001 The Designs Rules,2001
30.12.2014 The Designs (Amendment) Rules, 2014
25.01.2021 The Designs(Amendment), Rules, 2021