SEMICONDUCTOR   INTEGRATED   CIRCUITS   LAYOUT   DESIGN

The semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design Act, 2000, provides protection for semiconductor IC layout designs. SICLD Act is a sui-generis (one of its kind) specifically meant for protecting IPR relating to Layout-Design (Topographies) of Semiconductor Integrated Circuit.

The subject of Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design has two parts, namely:

  1. Semiconductor Integrated Circuit
    Semiconductor Integrated Circuit means a product having transistors and other circuitry elements, which are inseparably formed on a semiconductor material or an insulating material or inside the semiconductor material and designed to perform an electronic circuitry function.
  2. Layout-design
    The layout-design of a semiconductor integrated circuit means a layout of transistors and other circuitry elements and includes lead wires connecting such elements and expressed in any manner in semiconductor integrated circuits.

Criteria for Registration of a Chip Layout Design

Note: " Only the Layout-Design " - which essentially is the mask layout- floor planning of the integrated circuits can be registered under the SICLD Act 2000 and not the other information like any idea, procedure, process, system, programme stored in the integrated circuit, method of operation etc.

Layout-designs are prohibited from registration under the Act if they are as follows:

Term of protection: This registration is valid for a term of ten years from the date of filing an application for registration or from the date of first commercial exploitation anywhere in the world, whichever is earlier.

Location: Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Registry of India is currently located in New Delhi, and comes under the purview of DIT, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

For more information on SICLD please visit
http://www.mit.gov.in/default.aspx?id=317
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit_layout_design_protection
http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/washington/trtdocs_wo011.html