Published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary Part II-Section I)
dated May 12, 2000
THE DESIGNS ACT, 2000
No. 16 of 2000
[25th May, 2000]
An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to protection of designs.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty first Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
1. (1) This Act may be called the Design Act, 2000.
(2) It extends to the whole of India.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by
notification, appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions
of this Act and any reference in any such provision to the commencement of this
Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.
Short title, extent and
2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or
(a) “article” means any article of manufacture and any substance, artificial, or partly
artificial and partly natural and includes any part of an article capable of being
made and sold separately;
(b) “Controller” means the Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks
referred to in Section 3;
(c) “copyright” means the exclusive right to apply a design to any article in any
class in which the design is registered;
d) “design” means only the features of shape, configuration, pattern, ornament or
composition of lines or colours applied to any article whether in two dimensional or
three dimensional or in both forms, 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 trade mark as defined in clause (v) of sub-section
(1) of section 2 of the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, 1958 or property mark as
defined in section 479 of the Indian Penal Code or any artistic work as defined in
clause (c) of section 2 of th