Protection of semiconductor products
Topographies are three-dimensional structures of microelectronic semiconductors. According to the Semiconductor Protection Act (Halbleiterschutzgesetz), the DPMA is responsible for this IP right.
Topography protection is similar to utility model protection. Protection begins already with the day of the first commercial exploitation, not only with registration like in utility model law, provided that the first commercial exploitation took place within two years preceding the date of filing.
Documents relating to topography protection
Last updated: 23/04/18