Instruction of IPO SR Establishing a Single Form and Requirements Regarding an Application of Topography

The application shall contain:

  1. a request for registration in the Register of Topographies,
  2. documents identifying the topography of a semiconductor product
  3. required annexes.

Request for Registration

A request for registration is filed in a single form, i.e. on a request form which is prescribed by the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic.

The request shall contain:

  1. a name, address and nationality of the applicant; where the applicant is a legal entity, the name and residence whereof;
  2. a brief description of the topography of a semiconductor product having the number of words not exceeding 15; the description may also be the title or identification of the topography within which the topography is incorporated, stating the field wherein the product is to be exploited;
  3. an express indication to the effect that the applicant requires the registration of the topography of a semiconductor product in the Register;
  4. the name and address of the representative, where the applicant is represented by a legal entity, the name and residence whereof is stated;
  5. the day of the first commercial exploitation, other than confidential, of the topography, provided such day is the date from which the application claims the protection;
  6. documents establishing the entitlement to topography protection;
  7. a signature of either the applicant or the applicant's representative.

Documents Enabling Identification of Topographies

For the purposes of identification two copies of drawings or photographs disclosing layers patterns for the manufacture of a semiconductor product or matrixes for the manufacture of a semiconductor product, or individual layers of a semiconductor product, which are numbered in accordance with respective manufacturing stages thereof, shall be filed. Details that are crucial for identifying the topography shall be marked distinctively on such drawings or photographs.

Documents enabling identification of topographies are submitted on sheets whose size shall be A4 (210 mm x 297 mm); where the drawings are submitted on sheets of papers may also be submitted on an A3 format (297 mm x 420 mm) but being arranged in an A4 format. Where such drawings or photographs are submitted on two or more sheets, but represent a single and complete drawing and photograph, they shall be arranged in such a manner that no part of an individual sheet overlaps the other when setting up the entire drawing or photograph.

The applicant may also submit a semiconductor product (2 items), optionally explanatory notes regarding particular drawings.

The applicant is entitled to mark some of the required material identifying the topography or its parts as trade or industrial secret; in such case the file shall contain a separate copy of these documents, wherein the corresponding parts marked as trade or business secret have been made illegible; the applicant shall mark these documents with a letter "T" situated in the left upper corner of each document sheet.

Text parts of the file shall be in the Slovak language.