TRADE RELATED ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (TRIPS)

SECTION 6: LAYOUT-DESIGNS (TOPOGRAPHIES) OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

Article 36 – Scope of the Protection

Subject to the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 37, Members shall consider unlawful the following acts if performed without the authorization of the right holder:9 importing, selling, or otherwise distributing for commercial purposes a protected layout-design, an integrated circuit in which a protected layout-design is incorporated, or an article incorporating such an integrated circuit only in so far as it continues to contain an unlawfully reproduced layout-design.

9. The term “right holder” in this Section shall be understood as having the same meaning as the
term “holder of the right” in the IPIC Treaty.

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