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Hampshire, United Kingdom

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Topography right

Topography right is a property right which arises automatically in the design of semiconductor chips. Topography right is similar to design right except that:

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it protects the original design, however expressed, of a semiconductor layer pattern in a chip having two or more layers, a mask layer pattern for use in the manufacture of such a chip, and the arrangement of the layers of such a chip relative to one another;

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licences of right are not available during the last five years of the duration of the topography right; 

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topography right is available on the basis of reciprocity to citizens or residents of member states of the European Union or of other countries in which there is equivalent protection; and 

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there is are somewhat strange exceptions to infringement in the cases of: 
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reproduction for the purpose of analysing or evaluating the topography or analysing, evaluating or teaching the concepts, processes, systems or techniques embodied in it: and 

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creation of another original topography as the result of such an analysis or evaluation.