IPR Law -
Intellectual Property Rights
The layout design of an integrated circuit (IC) is the 3-dimensional disposition of elements and interconnections making up an IC. An IC is an electronic circuit in which the elements of the circuit are integrated into some medium to function as a unit. The medium used is a solid semiconductor, usually silicon. The manufacturing technology allows the circuit to be integrated into a piece of silicon which is small and thin, like a wafer. Such a piece of silicon is called a "silicon chip". The terms "semiconductor" and "silicon chip" have been used synonymously with "integrated circuit" as all commercial integrated circuits presently available are fabricated from semiconductors, usually silicon. Integrated circuits are utilized in many products such as watches, televisions, traffic lights and computers. The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000, along with the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Rules, 2001, provide statutory protection for original layout-designs.
IC Layout Filing and prosecution
Enforcement and Advisory/Consultation