PROCEDURE & FLOW CHART FOR OBTAINING A DESIGN PATENT
- Industrial design means the outward appearance of a product embodied in two/three dimensional configuration, lines, colours or a combination of such elements
- General criteria for design to be granted a patent certificate:
(a) It is novel;
(b) It is of an inventive nature;
(c) It is susceptible of industrial application.
- The time frame for:
(a) the process of preliminary examination is within 01 month from filing date;
(b) the process of substantive examination is within 07 months from publication date.
- The term of validity for a design patent is 05 years counted from the legitimate filing date. The validity of a patent certificate may be renewed twice.
- Objects ineligible for protection as industrial designs
(a) Outward appearance of a product which is necessarily due to the technical features of the product.
(b) Outward appearance of civil or industrial construction works.
(c) Shape of a product which is invisible during the use of the product.