Geographical Indications:

Geographical indication of goods is the intellectual property that indicates the place of origin of a good or product and refers to the country or to a place in a country from where the product has originated. The geographical indicators are extremely important as they denote to a consumer the assurance of quality and distinctiveness of the product. Examples of geographical indicators include Basmati Rice, Darjeeling Tea, Pochampally Ikat.

In India, the protection of geographical indicators is governed by The Geographical Indicators of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, that seeks to provide for registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India. The registration of geographical indications confers certain rights on the registered proprietor and the authorized user and they can institute suit for infringements of geographical indications. The Firm assists its clients in registration and better protection of geographical indications.

Semiconductor Integrated Circuits

Semiconductor Integrated Circuit means a product having transistors and other circuitry elements, which are inseparably formed on a semiconductor material or an insulating material or inside the semiconductor material and designed to perform an electronic circuitry function. These semiconductor integrated circuits are utilized in a number of products such as watches, television sets, washing machines, automobiles etc.

In India, semiconductor integrated circuits are protected by The Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout – Design Act, 2000. This Act is a supplement act to the Indian Design Act, 2000 and provides for intellectual property protection for semiconductor integrated circuits layout designs. A layout design expressed in any manner, which is original, which has not been commercially exploited for more than 2 years from the date of application for the registration, which is inherently distinctive and capable of being distinguishable from any other registered layout design, is protected or registered under the Act. The Firm provides its services with respect to registration of semiconductor integrated circuits layout designs and protection against infringement.