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European Communities (Protection of Topographies of Semiconductor Products) Regulations, 1988

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Year of current version:1988
Date of entry into force of original text:May 13, 1988
Date of Text (Issued):May 13, 1988
Type of Text:Implementing Rules/Regulations
Subject Matter:Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits
Notes:
This text refers to "Council Directive of 16 December 1986 on the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products (87/54/EEC)" available in the database as "Integrated Circuits, Council Directive, 16/12/1986, No. 87/54" (EU_006)

WTO Notification states:

"These Regulations are made to give effect to Council Directive 87/54/EEC on the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products. The regulations provide for the subsistence of a topography right in respect of topographies which are original in the sense that they are devised by the creator and are not commonplace in the semiconductor industry. Member States nationals/residents and legal entities automatically qualify for protection as well as certain other persons covered in Regulation 3(5) and in Annex to Council Decision of 26 October 1987. The protection given under the Regulations consists of executive rights to reproduce and commercially exploit the topographies. There are certain exceptions to this exclusive right [Regulations 4(2), 4(3) and 4(4)]. The right commences at the time of creation and lasts for 10 years from the first commercial exploitation or 15 years after creation. The regulations define the instances in which infringment occurs and prescribe civil remedies in cases of infringment. A clause on innocent infringment is also included [Regulation 6(3)]".
Available Texts: 
English

European Communities (Protection of Topographies of Semiconductor Products) Regulations, 1988 European Communities (Protection of Topographies of Semiconductor Products) Regulations, 1988, Complete document (pdf) [61 KB] European Communities (Protection of Topographies of Semiconductor Products) Regulations, 1988, Complete document (htm) [13 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Règlement n° 101 du 13 mai 1988 relatif aux Communautés européennes (Protection des topographies de produits semi-conducteurs) Règlement n° 101 du 13 mai 1988 relatif aux Communautés européennes (Protection des topographies de produits semi-conducteurs), Complete document (pdf) [49 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:IE067

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