Intellectual Property Rights Protection of Fashion Design in India: A Panoramic View

29 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016

Date Written: July 6, 2016


The Fashion industry in India is growing day by day and it has experienced significant expansion in the last decade mainly driven by the growth of domestic designers, some of whom have gained international recognition in recent years. The growth of the Indian fashion industry is highlighted by the increase in the number of large fashion events (from 1 in 2004 to 5 in 2013). As per a study conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the domestic designer apparel industry in India, which was of worth Rs. 720 crore and was reporting a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 40% in 2012, is likely to cross Rs. 11,000 crore mark by 2020. On the one side, the Indian fashion industry is thriving; on the other hand it is beleaguered by the menace of piracy in fashion design. The industry people, particularly fashion designer, have been found complaining about their innovations being imitated and copied. Fashion industry has long being known for its omnipresent nature of copying original fashion designs and ample availability of sophisticated software technology has made this practice of copying very easy. Fashion design, being considered as the creation of one’s intellectual innovation and original creativity, has escalated concern and demand apropos the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Protection of fashion design. Against this backdrop, the present paper makes a modest attempt to analyse the present IPRs regime protecting fashion designs in India in a systematic manner.

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Tiwari, Shishir, Intellectual Property Rights Protection of Fashion Design in India: A Panoramic View (July 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Shishir Tiwari (Contact Author)

North Eastern Hill University ( email )


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