Topographies of Integrated Circuits

– Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act No. 3 of 2000, in force since April 1, 2000, as amended on December 31, 2015.
– Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Regulations No. 49 of 2003, in force since June 10, 2003.

Filing and Protection

Novelty: registration may only be applied for if the layout design has not yet been commercially exploited, or has been commercially exploited for not more than two years anywhere in the world.

Right to protection: the right to layout design protection shall belong to the creator of the layout design and may be assigned or transferred by succession.

Commencement of protection: (a) protection of a layout design under the Act shall commence on the date of the first commercial exploitation, anywhere in the world of the layout design, by or with the consent of the right holder; (b) on the filing date accorded to the application for the registration of the layout design filed by the right holder, if the layout design has not been previously exploited commercially anywhere in the world.

Duration of protection: protection of a layout design under the Act shall terminate at the end of the tenth calendar year after the date of commencement of protection.

Filing requirements for an application (to be sent to resident registered agent):
1. A separate application shall be filed for each layout design;
2. A request for registration of the layout design in the Register and a brief and precise designation of the layout design;
3. The name, address, nationality and if different from the address, the habitual residence of the applicant;
4. The authorization of agent;
5. A copy or drawing of the layout design, together with information defining the electronic function which the integrated circuit is intended to perform;
6. The date of first commercial exploitation of the layout design anywhere in the world or the indication that such exploitation has not commenced;
7. Particulars establishing the right to protection.

Assignment: shall be in writing.

Cancellation: on application by an interested person to the court.

Infringement: the court may grant an injunction to prevent infringement or an imminent infringement, award damages or grant any other remedy provided for in the Act.