Semiconductor topographies, or integrated circuit layout-designs (as they are known in Malaysia), are configurations of computer chips and other semiconductors which determine how they function. Layout-designs are specifically excluded from the list of articles which can be registered as industrial designs and are afforded their own category of protection, which is governed by the Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits Act (2000).
Semiconductors are the chips which function as silicon brains for modern electronics, including phones, appliances, cameras, and even automobiles. These small but powerful goods have become increasingly important as smart tech has reached into every facet of modern life.
Both as a manufacturer and an assembler, the Philippines is a major member of Europe’s semiconductor trade. In this article, we will take a look at how the Philippines categorizes and protects semiconductor IP. As always, if you have any questions about protecting your IP, our experts are just a click away.