Once registered, a person, a firm or a partnership owns the rights to the specific design for 10 years. These rights can be renewed for five more years.
Here is a list of designs not protected under the Design Act, 2000:
-Books, jackets, calendars, certificates, forms-and other documents, dressmaking patterns, greeting cards, leaflets, maps and plan cards, postcards, stamps, medals
-Labels, tokens, cards, cartoons
-Any principle or mode of construction of an article
-Mere mechanical contrivance
-Buildings and structures
-Parts of articles not manufactured and sold separately
-Variations commonly used in the trade
-Mere workshop alterations of components of an assembly
-Mere change in size of article
-Layout designs of integrated circuits
-Flags, emblems or signs of any country
All applications must be forwarded to the Design Wing of the Patent Office at "Intellectual Property Office", CP-2, Sector V, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091. You can also send in your applications to branch offices located in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, which would then forward your applications to the head office in Kolkata.
You can find all details pertaining to registration of industrial designs here