Layout or plan of an integrated circuit

1. What are circuit layout rights? Circuit layout rights protect the layout plans or designs of electronic components in an integrated circuit, computer chips, or semi-conductors used in personal computers and computer-reliant equipment
2. What rights do circuit layout rights give me? Circuit layout rights confer upon the holder the right to stop others using the circuit layout.
3. Do circuit layout rights need to be registered? No.
4. Does an integrated circuit plan subsist 'worldwide'? Among countries that are members of the World Trade Organisation, yes.
5. How long do integrated circuit plan rights subsist? Circuit layout rights last:
  1. if they are not commercially exploited – 10 years from when they commenced, or
  2. if they are commercially exploited within that time – 10 years after the calendar year in which the layout was first commercially exploited.