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Integrated Circuits Act, 1998 - 21



Year of current version:1998
Date of entry into force of original text:February 19, 2001
Date of Text (Enacted):September 14, 1998
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Property, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits
Date of entry into force: See the Proclamation S.I. 2001, No. 21 of February 16, 2001 of the Integrated Circuits Act (Act 1998-21
WًTO Notification States:
'The Act implements Articles 35-38 of the TRIPS Agreement and provides protection for the layout and design of integrated circuits. It also provides safeguards against the importation, reproduction, selling or other distribution of illegal or unauthorised versions of integrated circuits. The period of protection under the Act is for 10 years, commencing from the date of first commercial exploitation or the date of filing, whichever is earlier. Applications under the Act are made to the Registrar of Corporate Affairs & Intellectual Property Office.'
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