A design patent in India is a form of intellectual property protection which allows an inventor to protect the original shape or surface ornamentation of a useful manufactured article. This applies to any unique form or otherwise perceivable design features of an object – for instance, a chair, table, hand tool, clock, bottle or purse.
A design patent in India protects the ornamental appearance of an invention, i.e., how a product looks and not how it works. Design patents are typically cheaper and quicker to obtain than utility patents. While design patents offer limited protection compared to the broader scope of utility patents, filing a design patent application may still be worthwhile if you want to protect the appearance of your product or concept from being copied.
For design applications filed the patent term is 15 years after issuance without need for any renewals or maintenance fees. Design patents are typically cheaper and quicker to obtain than utility patents especially for a small entity (e.g., individual or company with less than 500 employees),
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