Class of Articles under Designs Act,2000 and Design Rules,2001

The Locarno Classification is established by the Locarno Agreement,1968. It is an international classification used for the purposes of the registration of industrial designs. It presents the list of goods in class and subclass order.

India has not signed Locarno Agreement. Still the Designs Act, 2000 follows Locarno Classification.

Section 2 (a) defines “article” as 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.

Section 6 provides that a design may be registered in respect of any or all of the articles comprised in a prescribed class of articles.  Any question arising as to the class within which any article falls shall be determined by the Controller whose decision in the matter shall be final.

Rule 10 states that for the purposes of the registration of designs and of these rules, article
shall be classified as specified in the Third Schedule hereto. If any doubt arises as to the class to which any particular description of article belongs, it shall be determined by the Controller in consultation with the applicant wherever required.

Third Schedule 

It has 32 Classes of articles such as Articles of clothing and haberdashery ; Games, toys, tents and sports goods ; Tobacco and smokers’ supplies etc.

eg.-

  • Class 01 Food Stuffs, Sub class 01-02 Fruit and Vegetable;
  • Class 06 Furnishing , Sub class 06-01 Beds and Seats.

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Bhumika Sharma

She is currently a Research Scholar, (PhD) at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. She finds peace in writing and researching on a variety of social issues. She believes in the power of education and awareness to deal with various problems.

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