Indian Army registers ‘intellectual property rights (IPR)’ of new design, camouflage pattern uniform

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New Delhi: Registration process of new camouflage pattern and improved combat uniform design to establish Indian Army ownership has been completed by the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Kolkata , officials said Thursday.

According to the official statement of the Ministry of Defense, the registration was published in the Official Gazette of the Patent Office under the number No. 42/2022 of October 21, 2022. The new digital pattern combat uniform for soldiers of Indian Army was unveiled on 15th January 2022 (Army Day).

According to officials, the upgraded uniform has a contemporary look and functional design. The fabric has been made lighter, stronger, breathable, quick-drying and easier to care for. The uniform’s uniqueness is evident with gender-specific modifications for women’s combat uniforms.

The exclusive “Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)” of the design and camouflage pattern now belongs solely to the Indian Army. Therefore, manufacture by a seller who is not authorized to do so will be illegal and likely to face legal repercussions.

According to the official statement, the Indian Army can assert the exclusive rights to the design and can sue for infringement through civil action in a competent court. Remedies for violations include interim and permanent injunctions as well as damages.

As part of the process of introducing the new model uniform, a total of 50,000 sets have already been procured through the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) and delivered to 15 CSD depots (Delhi, Leh, BD Bari, Srinagar, Udhampur, Andaman and Nicobar, Jabalpur, Masimpur, Narangi, Dimapur, Bagdogra, Lucknow, Ambala, Mumbai and Khadki).

According to the official statement of the Ministry of Defence, workshops to train civilian and military tailors to sew the new uniform according to the specified pattern are being held in coordination with instructors from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Delhi. . Bulk purchase of 11.70 lakh sets to address the issue of JCOs and GOLDs under the individual kit (Life Cycle Concept with 15 months shelf life) is ongoing and expected to start from August 2023. (ANI)

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