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THE SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS LAYOUT-DESIGN ACT, 2000

Title : THE SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS LAYOUT-DESIGN ACT, 2000

Year : 2000



There shall be kept under the direction and supervision of the Registrar-

(a) An index of registered layout-designs,

(b) An index of layout-designs in respect of which applications for registration are pending.

(c) An index of the names of the proprietors of registered layout-designs, and

(d) An index of the names of registered users.



(1) Save as otherwise provided in sub-section (4) of section 25,-

(a) The register and any document upon which any entry in the register is based;

(b) Every notice of opposition to the registration of a layout-design application for rectification before the Registrar, counter-statement thereto, and any affidavit or document filed by the parties in any proceedings before the Registrar; and

(c) The indexes mentioned in section 86 and such other documents as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify, shall, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, be open to public inspection at the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Registry.

(2) Any person may, on an application to the Registrar and on payment of such fees as may be prescribed, obtain a certified copy of any entry in the register or any document referred to in sub-section (1).



The Central Government shall cause to be placed before both Houses of Parliament once a year a report respecting the execution by or under the Registrar of this Act.



(1) There shall be paid in respect of applications and registration and other matters under this Act such fees and surcharge as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

(2) Where a fee is payable in respect of the doing of an act by the Registrar, the Registrar shall not do that act until the fee has been paid.

(3) Where a fee is payable in respect of the filing of a document at the Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout-Design Registry, the document shall be deemed not to have been filed at the Registry until the fee has been paid.



Nothing in Chapter IX shall be construed so as to render liable to any prosecution or punishment any servant of a master resident in India who in good faith acts in obedience to the instructions of such master, and, on demand made by or on behalf of prosecutor, has given full information as to his master and as to the instructions which he has received from his master.



Notwithstanding anything contained in the Registration Act, 1908, no document declaring or purporting to declare the ownership or title of a person to a layout-design other than a registered layout-design shall be registered under that Act.



The provisions of this Act shall be binding on the Government.



With a view to the fulfillment of a treaty, convention or arrangement with any country outside India which affords to citizens of India similar privileges as granted to its own citizens, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify such country to be a convention country for providing the citizens of such convention country the similar privileges as granted to the citizens of India under this Act.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this section "country" includes any group of countries or union of countries or inter-governmental organisation and the expression "convention country" shall be construed accordingly.



Where any country specified by the Central Government, in this behalf by notification in the Official Gazette under section 93 does not accord to citizens of India the same rights in respect of registration and protection of layout-design as it accords to its own nationals, no national of such country shall be entitled, either solely or jointly with any other person,-

(a) To apply for the registration of, or be registered as the proprietor of, a layout-design;

(b) To be registered as the assignee of the proprietor of a registered layout-design; or

(c) To apply for registration or be registered as a registered user of a layout-design under section 25.



(1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order published in the Official Gazette, make such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act as may appear to be necessary for removing the difficulty:

Provided that no order shall be made under this section after the expiry of five years from the commencement of this Act.

(2) Every order made under this section shall, as soon as may be after it is made, be laid before each House of Parliament.



(1)The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act.

(2)In particular,and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) The other matters relating to the registered layout-designs to be entered in the register under sub-section(1)of section 6;

(b) The manner of applying to the Registrar for registration under sub-section(1)of section 8;

(c) The manner of advertising the application under sub-section (1)of section 10;

(d) The manner of notifying the correction or amendment in application under sub-section(2)of section 10;

(e) The manner of making application, the fee to be paid and the manner of giving notice under sub-section (1)of section 11;

(f) The manner of sending counter statement under sub-section (2) of section 11;

(g) The manner of submitting evidence under sub-section (4)of section11;

(h) The form of issuing certificate under sub-section (2)of section 13;

(i) The manner of giving notice under sub-section (3)of section 13;

(j) The manner of making applications to register the title under sub-section(1)of section 23;

(k) The manner of applying to Registrar under sub-section(1)of section 25;

(l) The document to be prescribed under clause (c) of sub-section (1)of section 25;

(m) The manner of issuing notice under sub-section (3) of section 25;

(n) The manner of applications under clause (a)of sub-section (1) of section 26;

(o) The manner of making applications under clause (b) of sub-section (1)of section 26;

(p) The manner of making applications under clause (c) of sub-section (1)of section 26;

(g) The manner of issuing notice under sub-section (2)of section 26;

(r) The procedure of cancelling registration under sub-section(3)of section 26;

(s) The manner of applying to the Appellate Board under sub-section(1)of section 30;

(t) The manner of giving notice under sub-section (3) of section 30;

(u) The manner of serving notice under sub-section (4)of section 30;

(v) The manner of making application under sub-section (1) of section 31;

(w) The manner of making application under sub-section (2) of section31;

(x) The salaries and allowances payable to and other terms and conditions of service of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and other Members under sub-section(1)of section 37;

(y) The procedure for investigation of misbehaviour or incapacity of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and other Members under sub-section(3)of section 38;

(z) The salaries and allowances and other conditions of service of the officers and other employees of the Appellate Board under sub-section (2) of section 39;

(za) The manner of general superintendence by the Chairperson under sub-section(3)of section 39;

(zb) The form of application, the affidavit, documents and other evidence and fee payable in respect of, filing of such application and other fees for the services or execution of process to be accompanied therewith under sub-section (2) of section 40;

(zc) The time limit for filing the opposition under sub-section (3) of section 40;

(zd) The form of making application and the fee to be a accompanied therewith under sub-section (1) of section 41;

(ze) The manner of giving notice under sub-section (2) of section 41;

(zf) The form of appeal, the manner of verification of such appeal and the fee to be accompanied therewith under sub-section (3)of section 42;

(zg) Any other matter to be prescribed under clause (d)of sub-section(2)of section 43;

(zh) The form of application under sub-section (1)of section 48;

(zi) The manner of making application under sub-section(1)of section 51;

(zj) The period to be prescribed under the first proviso to sub-section(1)of section 51;

(zk) The manner of giving notice and opportunity of hearing to the parties under sub-section(3)of section 51;

(zl) The period to be prescribed under sub-section (1)of section 53;

(zm) The form of petition and particulars to be contained therein under sub-section(2)of section 53;

(zn) The manner of reviewing decisions by the registrar under clause (c)of section 72;

(zo) The time to be prescribed under section 73;

(zp) The manner of making application and the fee to be accompanied therewith under sub-section (1) of section 76;

(zq) The manner of making application under sub-section(1)of section 78;

(zr) The period of giving notice of withdrawal of application under sub-section(2)of section 78;

(zs) The manner of authorising a person under section 84;

(zt) The manner of registering a person as a layout-design agent under clause (b) of section 84;

(zu) The conditions to be prescribed under sub-section(1)of section 87;

(zv) The fee payable under sub-section (2) of section 87;

(zw) The fees and the surcharge to be paid under sub-section(1)of section 89;

(zx) Any other matter which is required to be or may be prescribed.

(3) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament,while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if,before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall there after have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be;so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be with out prejudice to the validity of any thing previously done under that rule.
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