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Relation To The Ipic Treaty

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The protection of layout-designs follows the Berne plus approach known from copyright law and can be also be called the Washington plus approach. Article 35 refers to the intellectual property in respect of integrated circuits (IPIC) treaty created under the auspices of the world intellectual property organization (WIPO), which contains the fundamental protection norms for layout-designs at international level. The IPIC treaty itself, however, never entered into force. Given the fact that its essential regulations have been incorporated in the trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) agreement, the IPIC treaty is not expected to gain self- dependent importance anymore. The changes defined in the TRIPS primarily refer to the scope of protection, infringement in good faith, compulsory licences and the term of protection.

Keywords: agreement; Berne plus approach; treaty; Washington plus approach



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