INTEGRATED CIRCUIT TOPOGRAPHY ACT OF CANADA

Integrated circuit topographies, i.e. computer chip designs, are intellectual property in Canada and can be fully protected for a decade. Designs for integrated circuits and their end result, the computer chip, are an extremely valuable form of intellectual property because so much of the advancement of the computer industry, the Internet, business, science and commerce itself is predicated upon their continual refinement. There has been much progress made in the last few decades in Canada towards establishing specific legislative defenses for integrated circuit designs which have only increased the value of breakthroughs in this area. This article explains the Canada’s Integrated Circuit Topography Act. The following questions will be answered: What is an “Integrated Circuit,” What is Integrated Circuit Topography?; What Exclusive Rights Exist for Registered Integrated Circuits in Canada?; What Recent Changes Have Been Made in the Law?; What are the Remedies for Infringement?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an “Integrated Circuit,” What is Integrated Circuit Topography?
What Exclusive Rights Exist for Registered Integrated Circuits in Canada?
How Does One Register for Canadian Protection?
What are the Remedies for Infringement?
What Recent Changes Have Been Made in the Law?

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