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Integrated Circuit Topographies

Turkey provides protection for integrated circuit topographies, namely 3-D configuration of electronic circuits embodied in integrated-circuit products or layout designs, which are used in many technologies, from cameras, computers, industrial robots, automobiles down to baby toys and traffic lamps.

The main legislation for the protection of integrated circuit topographies is Turkish law numbered 51047 and its implementing regulations, published in 2004.

The Turkish Patent Institute located in Ankara
An integrated circuit topography should be original, that is to say, it should have been introduced as a result of the intellectual efforts of the designer and during design phase, it should not have been known by the integrated circuit producers and the designers of the integrated circuit topography.

When the integrated circuit topography formed by the combination of known elements and interim connections is taken as a whole, if it is genuine in the way it is integrated, it may benefit from such protection.

Other important criteria are the applicability of the integrated circuit topography, the contents of the topography, process duration system and techniques, on the information fixed to the topography other than the original topography.

An Integrated Circuit Topography is protected for a period of 10 years:

  • from the date of its introduction to the (foreign or domestic) markets (by the holder or any third person with the consent) provided that application is filed within 2 years therefrom; or
  • from the filing date if no commercial marketing is available.
     
  • The Turkish citizens, natural and legal persons dealing with industrial and commercial activities and residing in our country, and 
  • the persons having the right to file an application in accordance with the international agreements or reciprocation principle may apply for the registration of the integrated circuit topography.
  • Those who are not residents of Turkey may only file an application through qualified patent attorneys.
  • The rights arising from the protection of the integrated circuit topography belong to the designers or the employers in case it is designed through the tools and information made available in the place of business. However, rights on the integrated circuit topographies designed by the professors of the faculties and colleges of the universities belong to the professors.
  • Letter of application
  • Copy or clear drawings of the integrated circuit which include the information defining the electronic functions of the integrated circuits
  • Abstract sheet 
  • The receipt evidencing the payment of the application fee.
  • Power of attorney in case the application is to be filed through an attorney. 
  • Circular (Specimen Signature) in case the application is to be filed on behalf of the legal persons
  • Formal Examination
  • Completing the missing formal information and documents
  • Examination on entitlement and originality
  • Publication of registration 
  • Certification
Destek Patent has extensive experience and expertise in ICTs protection. For your inquiries, please just contact us through global@destekpatent.com.tr.


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