IP Primer - Integrated Circuit Topographies

Integrated Circuit Topographies

According to the Integrated Circuit Topography Act, the creator of a topography (or the employer of the creator where it is made in the course of employment) has the exclusive right for a period of ten (10) years to:

(a) reproduce the topography or any substantial part thereof;

(b) manufacture an integrated circuit product incorporating the topography or any substantial part thereof; and

(c) import or commercially exploit the topography or any substantial part thereof or an integrated circuit product that incorporates the topography or any substantial part thereof.

"Topography" means the design, however expressed, of the disposition of:

(a) the interconnections, if any, and the elements for the making of an integrated circuit product, or

(b) the elements, if any, and the interconnections for the making of a customization layer or layers to be added to an integrated circuit product in an intermediate form.

An "integrated circuit product" means a product, in a final or intermediate form, that is intended to perform an electronic function and in which the elements, at least one of which is an active element, and some or all of the interconnections, are integrally formed in or on, or both in and on, a piece of material.