Council Decision of 21 December 1992 amending Decision 90/510/EEC on the extension of the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products to persons from certain countries and territories (93/17/EEC)
of 21 December 1992
amending Decision 90/510/EEC on the extension of the legal protection of topographies of semiconductor products to persons from certain countries and territories
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,
Whereas this right can be extended, by a Council Decision, to persons who do not benefit from protection under the said provisions;
Whereas the extension of the protection in question should, as far as possible, be decided upon for the Community as a whole;
Whereas the Council has extended this protection on a permanent basis to persons from certain countries and territories by its Decision 90/510/EEC2;
Whereas such protection has previously been extended, on an interim basis only, under Decision 90/511/EEC3, which expires on 31 December 1992, for natural persons in respect of Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland;
Whereas such protection has subsequently been extended for companies or other legal persons in respect of Switzerland and Finland, in accordance with Commission Decisions 90/541/EEC4 and 92/20/EEC5 respectively, pursuant to Decision 90/511/EEC;
Whereas it now seems appropriate to extend the protection in question on a permanent basis to the abovementioned countries, which have an appropriate legislation protecting topographies of semiconductor products under their national law and which make this protection available on a permanent basis to those persons from Member States of the Community who benefit from the right to protection under Directive 87/54/EEC,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
Done at Brussels, 21 December 1992.
For the Council
Collectivit� territoriale de Mayotte
Collectivit� territoriale de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
French Southern and Antarctic Territories
New Caledonia and dependencies
Wallis and Futuna Islands
1 OJ No L 24, 27. 1. 1987, p. 36.
2 OJ No L 285, 17. 10. 1990, p. 29.
3 OJ No L 285, 17. 10. 1990, p. 31.
4 OJ No L 307, 7. 11. 1990, p. 21. Decision as amended by Decision 92/20/EEC (OJ No L 9, 15. 1. 1992, p. 22).