A Guide to Integrated Circuit Topographies — Appendix II
Certificate of registration
A certificate issued by the Registrar of Topographies stating that the topography has been registered in
accordance with the
Integrated Circuit Topography Act. Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
An agency of Industry Canada that administers Canada's intellectual property legislation and regulations regarding patents,
trade-marks, copyright, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies. Copyright
Literary, artistic, dramatic or musical works (including computer programs) and three other subject matters known as: performances, sound recordings and communication signals.
A description is a basic requirement of an application for integrated circuit topography. It identifies the nature (structure type) or function of the topography.
Visual features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornament (or any combination of these) applied to a manufactured article.
Violation of integrated circuit topography rights through the unauthorized use of an integrated circuit topography.
Integrated circuit topographies
Three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.
Integrated Circuit Topography Act
Federal legislation governing integrated circuit topographies in Canada.
The right to ownership and control over the form of creative endeavour that can be protected through a trade-mark, patent, copyright, industrial design or integrated circuit topography.
An agreement granting someone permission to use a topography for certain purposes or under certain
conditions. A licence does not constitute a change in ownership of the topography.
New inventions (process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter) or any new and useful
improvement to an existing invention.
The granting of exclusive rights to an integrated circuit topography by the Registrar of Topographies.
This provides protection against imitation and unauthorized use of the topography.
Words, symbols or designs (or any combination of these) used to distinguish the wares or services of one person or organization from those of others in the marketplace.
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