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Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits

Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits

By Kiat Seng Yeo, Kim Tean Ng, Zhi Hui Kong, Tricia Bee Yoke Dang
Softcover, 6 x 9, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-85-1
January 2010

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About the Item
Intellectual Property (IP) covers all rights that are generated by one’s creative intellectual efforts. Being intangible, intellectual property has no material existence but is, nevertheless, a valuable asset with substantial commercial value. With the knowledge gleaned from Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits, integrated circuit (IC) designers will possess a substantial understanding of the numerous forms of intellectual property and their underlying laws and governing principles to efficiently protect and exploit their own inventions and benefit financially from those rights.

Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits provides integrated circuit inventors with up-to-date knowledge in intellectual property rights in order to be more self-reliant and not solely dependent on patent attorneys. The idea of “Leave the Law to the Lawyers” is clearly outdated because patent attorneys will not be as knowledgeable in technological respects as inventors and consequently may lead to insufficient protection to which inventors expect and are entitled. However, this book is not a replacement for patent attorneys. Patent attorneys are paid by the hour, therefore if inventors are equipped with a working knowledge of IP law and can effectively search for and interpret prior art; they can significantly reduce the number of hours spent with attorneys. At the same time it will ensure that both inventors and patent attorneys understand one another.
Key Features
  • Equips the IC designer with the knowledge to effectively search for and interpret prior art
  • Explains technical contents of semiconductor and IC design in an interesting and non-technical manner making it valuable as well to IP practitioners
  • Addresses the legal knowledge needed by IC inventors to avoid the risk of IP infringement litigation
  • Illustrates concepts through case studies and examples and includes crucial and valuable search links
  • Covers IC design protection focusing on the markets of the USA, UK, EC, and Asia Pacific
  • About the Author(s)
    Dr. Kiat-Seng Yeo is currently the Head of Division of Circuits and Systems and Interim Director of IC Design Centre of Excellence at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Before these appointments he was Sub-Dean (Student Affairs), the program manager of the system-on-chip flagship project, the coordinator of the integrated circuit design research group and the principal investigator of the integrated circuit technology research group at NTU. Professor Yeo is the author of four books, more than 300 journal and conference articles, and has been granted 20 patents.
    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction
    1.1 Phenomenal Growth of Global Semiconductor/Integrated Circuit Industry
    1.1.1 History of Semiconductor Industry
    1.1.2 Semiconductor Value Chain
    1.1.3 Semiconductor Business Model
    1.1.4 Economic Contributions and Impact on Human Life
    1.2 The Fast-Growing Market of Intellectual Property
    1.2.1 Defining Intellectual Property (IP) 
    1.2.2 History of IP Protection
    1.2.3 IP and Ethical Boundaries
    1.2.4 Economic Contributions of Semiconductor IP
    Chapter 2 Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for Integrated Circuits
    2.1 Knowledge-Based Economy (KBE) 
    2.2 Business Applications and Economic Contributions of IP
    2.2.1 IP Protection for Single Inventors
    2.2.2 IP Protection for Business Corporations
    2.3 IP Reuse for Integrated Circuit Design
    2.4 Growth of Integrated Circuit Patents
    2.5 Cooperation between IC Inventor and IP Attorney: Win-Win Situation
    2.6 Summary
    Chapter 3 Technical Context of Integrated Circuits
    3.1 Defining Integrated Circuit (IC) 
    3.2 Evolution of the IC Technology
    3.3 Applications of IC
    3.3.1 Analog IC
    3.3.2 Digital IC
    3.3.3 Mixed-Signal IC
    3.4 Semiconductor and p-n Junction
    3.5 Types of Transistors 3.5.1 Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor
    3.5.2 Bipolar Junction Transistor
    3.5.3 Bipolar Compatible CMOS
    3.6 Technology Node and Level of Integration
    3.7 Design Automation
    3.8 IC Design Flow
    3.9 Summary
    Chapter 4 Types of Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuit Protection
    4.1 Patent 4.1.1 Nature of Patent Rights
    4.1.2 Patentable Subject Matter
    4.1.3 Patentability
    4.1.4 Term of Patent
    4.2 Copyright
    4.2.1 Subject Matter of Copyright
    4.2.2 Copyright-ability
    4.2.3 Term of Copyright
    4.3 Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Act
    4.3.1 Some Historical Facts
    4.3.2 The Need for a Sui Generis Protection for IC Layout
    4.3.3 Subject Matter of IC Layout Protection
    4.3.4 Eligibility for IC Layout Protection
    4.3.5 Exclusive Rights Granted
    4.4 Industrial Design
    4.4.1 Subject Matter for Industrial Design Protection
    4.4.2 Registrability of an Industrial Design
    4.5 Trademark
    4.5.1 Subject Matter of Trademark
    4.5.2 Registrability of Trademark
    4.5.3 Rights of Trademark Owner
    4.6 Protecting Your IC-Related Invention: Which One to Use? 
    4.7 Computer Software Protection
    4.8 Firmware IP Protection
    4.9 What Information can be Extracted from an IC Patent? 
    4.9.1 The Cover Page
    4.9.2 The Drawings
    4.9.3 The Specification
    4.9.4 The Claims
    4.10 Summary
    Chapter 5 Ownership and Duration of Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Related to Integrated Circuits
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Ownership of Patent
    5.2.1 Co-ownership of Patent
    5.2.2 Invention Belonging to the Employer
    5.2.3 Invention Belonging to the Employee
    5.2.4 Invention Belonging to Third Party
    5.2.5 Duration of Patent Protection
    5.3 Ownership of Copyright
    5.3.1 Copyright and Physical Medium
    5.3.2 Use of Symbol © to indicate Ownership of Copyright
    5.3.3 Ownership of Copyright in Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic Works
    5.3.4 Ownership of Copyright under Employment
    5.3.5 Ownership of Copyright for Commissioned Works
    5.3.6 By Way of Assignment
    5.3.7 Joint Authorship
    5.3.8 Duration of Copyright Protection for Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic Works
    5.3.9 Ownership and Duration of Copyright Protection for Entrepreneurial Work or Neighboring Works
    5.4 Ownership of Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits
    5.4.1 Qualifications for Creatorship and Ownership
    5.4.2 Commissioning
    5.4.3 Employment
    5.4.4 Duration
    5.5 Ownership of Trademark
    5.5.1 Introduction
    5.5.2 Use of Symbol ® to Represent a Registered Trademark
    5.5.3 Unregistered Trademark
    5.5.4 Co-ownership of Trademark
    5.5.5 Ownership of Trademark by Way of Assignment
    5.5.6 Assignment of Unregistered Trademark
    5.5.7 Duration of Trademark Protection
    5.6 Overall Summary
    Chapter 6 Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights Applicable to Integrated Circuits
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Patent Infringement
    6.2.1 Definition of Patent Infringement
    6.2.2 Defenses to Patent Infringement
    6.2.3 Remedies for Patent Infringement
    6.2.4 Damages and Account of Profits
    6.2.5 Costs
    6.2.6 Procedural Issues
    6.3 Copyright Infringement
    6.3.1 Definition of Copyright Infringement
    6.3.2 Remedies for Copyright Infringement
    6.4 Infringement of Layout-Designs
    6.4.1 Remedies for Layout-Design Infringement
    6.4.2 Additional remedies: Order for Delivery-Up or Destruction of Infringed Layout-Design
    6.4.3 Defenses
    6.4.4 Reverse Engineering
    6.5 Infringement of Trademarks
    6.5.1 Definition of Trademark Infringement
    6.5.2 Non Infringement of Trademark
    6.5.3 Revocation and Invalidation of a Trademark
    6.5.4 Remedies for Trademark Infringement
    6.5.5 Damages and Monetary Award
    6.5.6 Costs
    6.5.7 Remedy for Groundless Threats of Infringement Proceedings
    6.6 Avoid Infringement and Measures for Safekeeping of Intellectual Property
    6.7 Overall Summary
    6.7.1 Patent Infringement
    6.7.2 Copyright Infringement
    6.7.3 Layout-Design Infringement
    6.7.4 Trademark Infringement
    Chapter 7 Procedures and Formalities for Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Applicable to Integrated Circuits
    7.1 Introduction
    7.1.1 Copyright
    7.1.2 Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits
    7.2 Filing a Patent Application in Singapore
    7.2.1 Preliminary Examination
    7.2.2 Publication
    7.2.3 Search and Examination
    7.2.4 Grant of Patent
    7.2.5 Renewal of Patent
    7.2.6 Filing a Patent outside Singapore
    7.3 Filing an International Patent Application
    7.3.1 Filing an International Patent Application
    7.3.2 International Publication
    7.3.3 International Search and Examination
    7.3.4 National Phase
    7.4 Trademark Registration in Singapore
    7.4.1 Filing an Application
    7.4.2 Formalities Examination
    7.4.3 Search and Examination
    7.4.4 Publication and Opposition Proceedings
    7.4.5 Trademark Registration
    7.5 Filing International Registration of Trademark
    7.6 Overall Summary
    Chapter 8 Case Reviews
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Case Review One: Trek Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd v. FE Global Electronics Pte Ltd and Others and Other Suits (No. 2) [2005] SGHC 90
    8.2.1 Legal Principles
    8.2.2 Material Facts and Background of Action
    8.2.3 The High Court’s Decision in Relation to Above Facts
    8.2.4 Conclusion and Commentary
    8.2.5 The Court of Appeal’s Decision
    8.3 Case Review Two: Creative Technology Ltd v. Aztech Systems Pte Ltd [1997] 1 SLR 621
    8.3.1 Legal Principles
    8.3.2 Material Facts and Background of Action
    8.3.3 The High Court’s Decision in relation to above Facts
    8.3.4 The Court of Appeal’s Decision
    8.4 Case Review Three: Real Electronics Industries Singapore (Pte) Ltd v. Nimrod Engineering Pte Ltd (T Vimalanathan, Third Party) [1996] 1 SLR 336
    8.4.1 Legal Principles
    8.4.2 Material Facts and Background of Action
    8.4.3 The High Court’s Decision in relation to above Facts
    8.4.4 Conclusion and Commentary
    8.5 Case Review Four: Seiko Epson Corp v. Sepoms Technology Pte Ltd and Another [2007] 3 SLR 225
    8.5.1 Legal Principles
    8.5.2 Material Facts and Background of Action
    8.5.3 The High Court’s Decision in Relation to Above Facts
    8.5.4 Conclusion and Commentary
    8.6 Case Review Five: Wing Joo Loong Ginseng Hong (Singapore) Co Pte Ltd v. Qinghai Xinyuan Foreign Trade Co Ltd and Another [2008] 3 SLR 296
    8.6.1 Legal Principles
    8.6.2 Material Facts and Background of Action
    8.6.3 The High Court’s Decision in Relation to Above Facts
    8.6.4 Conclusion and Commentary
    8.7 Overall Summary

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