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Federal Act of October 9, 1992 on the Protection of Topographies of Semi-Conductor Products (status as of July 1, 2008)

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Year of current version:2008
Date of entry into force of original text:July 1, 1993
Date of Text (Enacted):October 9, 1992
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits
Notes:
The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'This law provides protection topographies, acquisition and scope of these rights, term of protection, civil and criminal proceedings, topographies register, customs measures, etc.

The most recent amendments to the Law on Topographies up to July 1, 2008 are as follows:
-Editorial amendments to Articles 13, 15 and 16a, which were adopted on December 19, 2003, and entered into effect on January 1, 2005 (RO 2004 5085).
These amendments were made following the adoption of the Federal Law on Electronic Signature Certification (SCSE; FF 2003 7493), and the identical provisions on electronic communication with the Federal Intellectual Property Institute introduced in the Law on Topographies (Article 16a LTo), the Law on the Protection of Trademarks (Article 40 LPM), the Law on Designs (Article 26a LDes) and the Law on Patents for Inventions (Article 65a LBI).
The related Ordinances, namely the Ordinance on Topographies (OTo), the Ordinance on the Protection of Trademarks (OPM), the Ordinance on Designs (ODes) and the Ordinance on Patents for Inventions (OBI), have been amended accordingly.
-Article 17 was amended on June 17, 2005, and entered into effect on January 1, 2007 (RO 2006 2197). It was then repealed following the complete overhaul of the regulations governing organization and procedure before the Federal Court.
-Articles 5, 11 and 12 were adopted on June 22, 2007, and entered into effect on July 1, 2008 (RO 2008 2551). These amendments were adopted in the framework of the review of the Law on Patents (national measures aimed at combating piracy in the field of intellectual property, in particular intervention by the Customs Administration).'
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English

Federal Act of October 9, 1992 on the Protection of Topographies of Semi-Conductor Products (status as of July 1, 2008) Federal Act of October 9, 1992 on the Protection of Topographies of Semi-Conductor Products (status as of July 1, 2008), Complete document (pdf) [33 KB] Federal Act of October 9, 1992 on the Protection of Topographies of Semi-Conductor Products (status as of July 1, 2008), Complete document (htm) [42 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

French

Loi fédérale du 9 octobre 1992 sur la protection des topographies de produits semi-conducteurs (état le 1er juillet 2008) Loi fédérale du 9 octobre 1992 sur la protection des topographies de produits semi-conducteurs (état le 1er juillet 2008), Complete document (pdf) [492 KB]

German

Bundesgesetz vom 9. Oktober 1992 über den Schutz von Topographien von Halbleitererzeugnissen (stand am 1. Juli 2008) Bundesgesetz vom 9. Oktober 1992 über den Schutz von Topographien von Halbleitererzeugnissen (stand am 1. Juli 2008), Complete document (pdf) [507 KB]

Italian

Legge federale del 9 ottobre 1992 sulla protezione delle topografie di prodotti a semiconduttori (stato 1° luglio 2008) Legge federale del 9 ottobre 1992 sulla protezione delle topografie di prodotti a semiconduttori (stato 1° luglio 2008), Complete document (pdf) [477 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH172

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