Bhutan Local Governance

  What is Industrial Design?

  1. About the Registry:

 Industrial Designs Registry was established in 2009 in line with the Industrial Property Act of Kingdom of Bhutan, 2001 and Executive Order of the Ministry to facilitate registration of industrial designs. The registration system for industrial designs are carried out in line Industrial Property Act and the Rule, the Paris Convention and follows the Locarno Classification.

  1. Roles and Responsibilities:

The Registry of Industrial Designs is entrusted with following roles and responsibilities:

  • Examine, search, and classify industrial designs and facilitate registration and grant of industrial designs rights in line with the Industrial Property Act of Kingdom of Bhutan, 2001 and international conventions.
  • Develop and maintain database on industrial designs.
  • Provide advisory services to applicants and government agencies and carry out post-registration related activities (e.g. invalidation, renewals, licensing, certification etc.).
  • Design and conduct advocacy and training programs to promote knowledge and understanding of industrial designs.
  • Review legislations and policies on IP and study international treaties and conventions for accession.

For further details on the registration process of industrial designs, please refer to FAQ or contact the Registry of Industrial Designs at telephone 02335233 Extn. 104 or at email: