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The purpose of topography protection is to protect semiconductors. The term is 10 years, counting from the year in which the protection commenced.

Scope of application:
Protection of three-dimensional structures of micro-electronic semiconductor products, e.g. microchips.

Excluded are the designs, methods, systems, technologies underlying the topography or the data and information stored on micro-electronic semiconductor products.

The topography must have a unique feature, i.e. it must be based on intellectual effort, not just on the replication of another topography, nor must it be commonplace.