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Layout Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act, 1996 (Act No. 19 of 1996), Trinidad and Tobago


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Year of Version 1997 Dates Entry into force: December 1, 1997 Published: August 6, 1996 Assented: August 2, 1996 Type of Text Main IP Laws Subject Matter Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Notes The notification by Trinidad and Tobago to the WTO under article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The Act protects layout-designs of integrated circuits against reproduction, importation, selling and other distribution and provides protection for layout-designs or integrated circuits which are original. The right to protection belongs to the creator, which right may be assigned or transferred even before the filing of an application. The period of protection runs for ten (10) years and the period begins either on the date on which the layout-design was first commercially exploited or if not, on the date of filing the application.
The applications for integrated circuits are filed with the Controller of the Intellectual Property Office appointed under S3 of the Patent Act 1996.
The Act provides for the registration of layout-designs without examination of the originality of the design, the applicant's entitlement to protection or the correctness of the facts stated in the application.
The Act further creates criminal offences of acts of knowingly preferring or performing without authorization prohibited in Clause 6.'

Available Texts Main text(s) Main text(s) French Loi de 1996 sur les schémas de configuration (topographies) de circuits intégrés (Loi n° 19 de 1996) PDF HTML English Layout Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act, 1996 (Act No. 19 of 1996) PDF HTML
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Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Rules 1996 (TT017)
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Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act (Chapter 82:79, as amended by Act No. 18 of 2000 and updated on December 31, 2007)  (TT047)
Layout-Designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits Act, 1996 (Act No. 19 of 1996, as amended by Act No. 18 of 2000) (TT033)

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