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The Semiconductor Chip Industry

The History, Present and Future of Its IP Law Framework
: Hoeren, T.


International review of intellectual property and competition law 47 (2016), 7, pp.763-796
ISSN: 2195-0237
ISSN: 0018-9855
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FIT ()

n spite of the economic and technological importance of semiconductors for the digital environment, the problem of an effective legal protection system for microchips still remains unsolved. The author examines the history of the semiconductor industry in the US, the EU and Japan to find the first traces of a protection regime. Then, he looks at the existing sui generis protection system as being inefficient and “dead”. At the end he tries to describe future alternative models for protecting the layout of chip design.