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  • NOTE: The information given here is intended to be general information and is not intended to provide legal or other advice. We strongly recommend taking professional legal advice relating to the registration of intellectual property and it's protection under the relevant laws.

    The Registered Design Ordinance, 2000 will govern applications for registration of the designs in Pakistan. Under this law registration has to be sought and granted by class. The fourth Schedule to the rules prescribes fourteen classes based on the composition of articles to which the design is intended to be applied.

    An applicant is entitled to claim priority date of the application filed in Paris Convention or in any of the member country of the WTO (World Trade Organization) provided the application in Pakistan is made "within six months from the application for protection in that country". A certified copy of the application, on which the priority is based, should be included at the time of filing the Pakistan application or is required to be filed within three months along with a request for an extension of time. No legalization is required. If the publication of the design is in a language other than English, the Patent Office requires filing an English translation of the publication in addition to the original publication. However, Pakistan is not a contracting country of PCT.

    An application requires six representations of each aspect of the design to be registered in Pakistan. The representations may be drawings or photographs of the design. Photographs should not be of a size less than 5"x4".

    Each representation of the design, whether to be applied to a single article or to a set, must be upon stout paper (not cardboard) of size 13"x8" and must appear upon one side only of the paper, with the figures or views executed or mounted in an upright position on the sheet, i.e., with the top of the represented article towards the 8" edge of the sheet.

    The purpose of representation is to present an accurate and complete picture of the shape or configuration, pattern or ornament of the article when the design has been applied. The different views forming the representations should, therefore, not only show the article closely and accurately but also be sufficient in number and of such a character as to leave no doubt as to the article's precise and complete shape, configuration, pattern or ornament. Where the novelty of the design lies in its shape or configuration, a perspective view should always be included and where it is desirable or necessary, to include more than one perspective view. When the shape or configuration of the article cannot be properly appreciated from a perspective view, drawings, in plan or elevation, may also be given.

    Copyright in a registered design exists initially for a period of ten years either from the date of filing of the application in Pakistan or from the priority date if any.

    The initial period of 10 years of copyright in a registered design may be extended for two further periods, each of ten (10) years.


    Class 1.
    Articles composed wholly of metal or in which metal predominate.

    Class 2.
    Books and bookbinding of all materials.

    Class 3.
    Articles composed wholly of India rubber, wood, bone, ivory, papier-mâché, celluloid, backlite, or like substances, or of materials in which such substances predominate (except articles included in Class 10).

    Class 4.
    Articles composed wholly of glass, earth ware, or porcelains, clay (burnt or baked) or cement or in which such materials predominate.

    Class 5.
    Articles composed wholly of paper, cardboard, millboard, or straw-board (except articles included in Class 2, and paper hangings), or in which such materials predominate.

    Class 6.
    Articles composed wholly of leather or in which leather predominates, not included in other classes.

    Class 7.
    Paper hangings.

    Class 8.
    Carpets, rugs and floor coverings in all materials.

    Class 9.

    Class 10.
    Boots, shoes and the like foot-wear.

    Class 11.
    Millinery and wearing apparel (except articles included in Class 10).

    Class 12.
    Goods not included in other classes.

    Class 13.
    Printed or woven designs on textile goods (other than checks or stripes).

    Class 14.
    Printed or woven designs on textile goods being checks or stripes.

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