Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Layout Design Protection: Analysis

  • Sakshi Bagdi and Abhinav Sharma
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  • Sakshi Bagdi

    Student at Devi Ahiliya Vishwavidhyalaya Indore, M.P., India

  • Abhinav Sharma

    Student at Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur, India

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The protection of Semiconductor Integrated Circuit (SIC) layout designs is crucial in the fast-evolving technology sector, serving as the blueprint for electronic devices. In India, the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000, offers a legal framework for safeguarding these designs, but challenges in enforcement, jurisdiction, and international collaboration persist. This analysis evaluates the effectiveness of current Indian policies, highlights notable case laws, and identifies significant issues hindering robust protection. By examining global practices, such as the U.S. Semiconductor Chip Protection Act and the EU's Design Directive, the study suggests that India can enhance its SIC layout design protection through comprehensive legislation, better enforcement mechanisms, stakeholder education, and international cooperation. Addressing these areas will strengthen India's semiconductor industry, promote innovation, and align with global standards, ensuring effective protection of SIC layout designs.




International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 660 - 666


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