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What Is A Layout-Design Of An Integrated Circuit?
A layout-design of an integrated circuit is the three-dimensional disposition of the elements of an integrated circuit and some or all of the interconnections of the integrated circuit or such three-dimensional disposition prepared for an integrated circuit intended for manufacture.

The law that protects layout-designs of  integrated circuits is the Layout-designs of Integrated Circuits Act 2000

How Is Layout-Design Protected?
A layout-design is eligible for protection automatically upon fulfillment of the following conditions:

It is original, i.e. the result of its creator's own intellectual effort and not commonplace among creators and manufacturers of integrated circuit;
It has been fixed in a material form or incorporated into an integrated circuit;
The right holder of the layout-design is a qualified person.


Who Is The Right Holder Of Layout-Design?
The creator;
- The person who commission if the layout-design is created in pursuance of a commission;
- The employer if the layout-design is created by an employee in the course of his employment.

What Are The Rights Of A Right Holder?
A right holder of a protected layout-design has the following rights:
- Reproduce and to authorize the reproduction of his protected layout-design
- To commercially exploit and to authorize the commercial exploitation of :
   - His protected layout-design;
   - An integrated circuit in which the layout-design is incorporated; or
   - An article that contains an integrated circuit in which the layout-design is incorporated.

 


Updated:: 03/10/2016

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