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Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1 Introduction1.1 Phenomenal Growth of Global Semiconductor/Integrated Circuit Industry1.1.1 History of Semiconductor Industry1.1.2 Semiconductor Value Chain1.1.3 Semiconductor Business Model1.1.4 Economic Contributions and Impact on Human Life1.2 The Fast-Growing Market of Intellectual Property1.2.1 Defining Intellectual Property (IP) 1.2.2 History of IP Protection1.2.3 IP and Ethical Boundaries1.2.4 Economic Contributions of Semiconductor IPChapter 2 Importance of Intellectual Property Rights for Integrated Circuits2.1 Knowledge-Based Economy (KBE) 2.2 Business Applications and Economic Contributions of IP2.2.1 IP Protection for Single Inventors2.2.2 IP Protection for Business Corporations2.3 IP Reuse for Integrated Circuit Design2.4 Growth of Integrated Circuit Patents2.5 Cooperation between IC Inventor and IP Attorney: Win-Win Situation2.6 SummaryChapter 3 Technical Context of Integrated Circuits3.1 Defining Integrated Circuit (IC) 3.2 Evolution of the IC Technology3.3 Applications of IC3.3.1 Analog IC3.3.2 Digital IC3.3.3 Mixed-Signal IC3.4 Semiconductor and p-n Junction3.5 Types of Transistors 3.5.1 Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor3.5.2 Bipolar Junction Transistor3.5.3 Bipolar Compatible CMOS3.6 Technology Node and Level of Integration3.7 Design Automation3.8 IC Design Flow3.9 SummaryChapter 4 Types of Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuit Protection4.1 Patent 4.1.1 Nature of Patent Rights4.1.2 Patentable Subject Matter4.1.3 Patentability4.1.4 Term of Patent4.2 Copyright4.2.1 Subject Matter of Copyright4.2.2 Copyright-ability4.2.3 Term of Copyright4.3 Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits Act4.3.1 Some Historical Facts4.3.2 The Need for a Sui Generis Protection for IC Layout4.3.3 Subject Matter of IC Layout Protection4.3.4 Eligibility for IC Layout Protection4.3.5 Exclusive Rights Granted4.4 Industrial Design4.4.1 Subject Matter for Industrial Design Protection4.4.2 Registrability of an Industrial Design4.5 Trademark4.5.1 Subject Matter of Trademark4.5.2 Registrability of Trademark4.5.3 Rights of Trademark Owner4.6 Protecting Your IC-Related Invention: Which One to Use? 4.7 Computer Software Protection4.8 Firmware IP Protection4.9 What Information can be Extracted from an IC Patent? 4.9.1 The Cover Page4.9.2 The Drawings4.9.3 The Specification4.9.4 The Claims4.10 SummaryChapter 5 Ownership and Duration of Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Related to Integrated Circuits5.1 Introduction5.2 Ownership of Patent5.2.1 Co-ownership of Patent5.2.2 Invention Belonging to the Employer5.2.3 Invention Belonging to the Employee5.2.4 Invention Belonging to Third Party5.2.5 Duration of Patent Protection5.3 Ownership of Copyright5.3.1 Copyright and Physical Medium5.3.2 Use of Symbol (c) to indicate Ownership of Copyright5.3.3 Ownership of Copyright in Literary, Dramatic, Musical or Artistic Works5.3.4 Ownership of Copyright under Employment5.3.5 Ownership of Copyright for Commissioned Works5.3.6 By Way of Assignment5.3.7 Joint Authorship5.3.8 Duration of Copyright Protection for Literary, Dramatic, Musical and Artistic Works5.3.9 Ownership and Duration of Copyright Protection for Entrepreneurial Work or Neighboring Works5.4 Ownership of Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits5.4.1 Qualifications for Creatorship and Ownership5.4.2 Commissioning5.4.3 Employment5.4.4 Duration5.5 Ownership of Trademark5.5.1 Introduction5.5.2 Use of Symbol (R) to Represent a Registered Trademark5.5.3 Unregistered Trademark5.5.4 Co-ownership of Trademark5.5.5 Ownership of Trademark by Way of Assignment5.5.6 Assignment of Unregistered Trademark5.5.7 Duration of Trademark Protection5.6 Overall SummaryChapter 6 Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights Applicable to Integrated Circuits6.1 Introduction6.2 Patent Infringement6.2.1 Definition of Patent Infringement6.2.2 Defenses to Patent Infringement6.2.3 Remedies for Patent Infringement6.2.4 Damages and Account of Profits6.2.5 Costs6.2.6 Procedural Issues6.3 Copyright Infringement6.3.1 Definition of Copyright Infringement6.3.2 Remedies for Copyright Infringement6.4 Infringement of Layout-Designs6.4.1 Remedies for Layout-Design Infringement6.4.2 Additional remedies: Order for Delivery-Up or Destruction of Infringed Layout-Design6.4.3 Defenses6.4.4 Reverse Engineering6.5 Infringement of Trademarks6.5.1 Definition of Trademark Infringement6.5.2 Non Infringement of Trademark6.5.3 Revocation and Invalidation of a Trademark6.5.4 Remedies for Trademark Infringement6.5.5 Damages and Monetary Award6.5.6 Costs6.5.7 Remedy for Groundless Threats of Infringement Proceedings6.6 Avoid Infringement and Measures for Safekeeping of Intellectual Property6.7 Overall Summary6.7.1 Patent Infringement6.7.2 Copyright Infringement6.7.3 Layout-Design Infringement6.7.4 Trademark InfringementChapter 7 Procedures and Formalities for Protection of Intellectual Property Rights Applicable to Integrated Circuits7.1 Introduction7.1.1 Copyright7.1.2 Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits7.2 Filing a Patent Application in Singapore7.2.1 Preliminary Examination7.2.2 Publication7.2.3 Search and Examination7.2.4 Grant of Patent7.2.5 Renewal of Patent7.2.6 Filing a Patent outside Singapore7.3 Filing an International Patent Application7.3.1 Filing an International Patent Application7.3.2 International Publication7.3.3 International Search and Examination7.3.4 National Phase7.4 Trademark Registration in Singapore7.4.1 Filing an Application7.4.2 Formalities Examination7.4.3 Search and Examination7.4.4 Publication and Opposition Proceedings7.4.5 Trademark Registration7.5 Filing International Registration of Trademark7.6 Overall SummaryChapter 8 Case Reviews8.1 Introduction8.2 Case Review One: Trek Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd v. FE Global Electronics Pte Ltd and Others and Other Suits (No. 2) [2005] SGHC 908.2.1 Legal Principles8.2.2 Material Facts and Background of Action8.2.3 The High Court's Decision in Relation to Above Facts8.2.4 Conclusion and Commentary8.2.5 The Court of Appeal's Decision8.3 Case Review Two: Creative Technology Ltd v. Aztech Systems Pte Ltd [1997] 1 SLR 6218.3.1 Legal Principles8.3.2 Material Facts and Background of Action8.3.3 The High Court's Decision in relation to above Facts8.3.4 The Court of Appeal's Decision8.4 Case Review Three: Real Electronics Industries Singapore (Pte) Ltd v. Nimrod Engineering Pte Ltd (T Vimalanathan, Third Party) [1996] 1 SLR 3368.4.1 Legal Principles8.4.2 Material Facts and Background of Action8.4.3 The High Court's Decision in relation to above Facts8.4.4 Conclusion and Commentary8.5 Case Review Four: Seiko Epson Corp v. Sepoms Technology Pte Ltd and Another [2007] 3 SLR 2258.5.1 Legal Principles8.5.2 Material Facts and Background of Action8.5.3 The High Court's Decision in Relation to Above Facts8.5.4 Conclusion and Commentary8.6 Case Review Five: Wing Joo Loong Ginseng Hong (Singapore) Co Pte Ltd v. Qinghai Xinyuan Foreign Trade Co Ltd and Another [2008] 3 SLR 2968.6.1 Legal Principles8.6.2 Material Facts and Background of Action8.6.3 The High Court's Decision in Relation to Above Facts8.6.4 Conclusion and Commentary8.7 Overall SummaryIndex

About the Author

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.

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