Chapter 1 General Provisions

Chapter 1 General Provisions

Section 3 In this Act:

“integrated circuit” means a product in a final or an intermediate form for the purpose of performing an electronic function, consisting of elements which can stimulate an electronic operation, and interconnections that connect some or all of these elements, and which are placed in layers and integrally formed on or in the same piece of a semiconductor material;

“layout-design” means any pattern, layout or image, however appeared in any form or method, made for the purpose of displaying the disposition of being an integrated circuit;

“layout-design certificate” means a certificate issued to grant protection of a layout-design as provided in this Act;

“commercial exploitation” means an exploitation by selling, leasing or by any other act to obtain remuneration or any other interest and shall include offering for the purpose of exploitation;

“right holder” means a person who receives a layout-design certificate and shall include an assignee;

“Board” means the Layout-Design Board;

“competent official” means a person appointed by the Minister for the execution of this Act;

“Director General” means the Director General of the Department of Intellectual Property;

“Minister” means the Minister having charge and control of the execution of this Act.

Section 4 The Minister of Commerce shall have charge and control of the execution of this Act and shall have the power to appoint competent officials, issue Ministerial Regulations prescribing fees not exceeding those prescribed in the annex to this Act, reduce or exempt fees, and prescribe other matters for the execution of this Act.

The Ministerial Regulation shall enter into force upon its publication in the Government Gazette.

Section 5 The protection of layout-designs of integrated circuits shall be in accordance with the provisions prescribed in this Act and shall not be subject to the law on patent.

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