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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 13, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 1/15)
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Indian Design Act Amended

On January 1, 2015, the Indian Patent Office (IPO) published a notice regarding the amendment in Design Rules which has been effective from December 30, 2014. The said rules are available on the official website of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.

According to the amended Act, a revised fee structure has been provided for filing of design application as well as other proceedings under the Designs Act.

Further, two main categories of applicants for designs have been introduced as 'natural person' and 'other than natural persons(s). This has been further categorized into 'small entity'; and 'others except small entity'.

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Source: S. S. Rana & Co., India