Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Act, 2000
7. Prohibition of registration of certain layout designs.
1. A layout-design-
a. which is not original; or
b. which has been commercially exploited anywhere in India or in a convention country; or
c. which is not inherently distinctive; or
d. which is not inherently capable of being distinguishable from any other registered layout-design, shall not be registered as a layout-design:
Provided that a layout-design which has been commercially exploited for not more than two years from the date on which an application for its registration has been filed either in India or in a convention country shall be treated as not having been commercially exploited for the purposes of this sub-section.
2. A layout-design shall be considered to be original if it is the result of its creator's own intellectual efforts and is not commonly known to the creators of layout-designs and manufacturers of semiconductor integrated circuits at the time of its creation:
Provided that a layout-design consisting of such combination of elements and interconnections that are commonly known among creators of layout-designs and manufacturers of semiconductor integrated circuits shall be considered as original if such combination taken as a whole is the result of its creator's own intellectual efforts.
3. Where an original layout-design has been created in execution of a commission or a contract of employment, the right of registration to such layout-design under this Act shall belong, in the absence of any contractual provision to the contrary, to the person who commissioned the work or to the employer.