Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits

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By Kiat Seng Yeo, Kim Tean Ng, Zhi Hui Kong, Tricia Bee Yoke Dang
Softcover, 6 x 9, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-85-1
January 2010


Intellectual Property (IP) covers all rights that are generated by one’s creative intellectual efforts. Being intangible, intellectual property has no material existence but is, nevertheless, a valuable asset with substantial commercial value. With the knowledge gleaned from Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits, integrated circuit (IC) designers will possess a substantial understanding of the numerous forms of intellectual property and their underlying laws and governing principles to efficiently protect and exploit their own inventions and benefit financially from those rights.

Intellectual Property for Integrated Circuits provides integrated circuit inventors with up-to-date knowledge in intellectual property rights in order to be more self-reliant and not solely dependent on patent attorneys. The idea of “Leave the Law to the Lawyers” is clearly outdated because patent attorneys will not be as knowledgeable in technological respects as inventors and consequently may lead to insufficient protection to which inventors expect and are entitled. However, this book is not a replacement for patent attorneys. Patent attorneys are paid by the hour, therefore if inventors are equipped with a working knowledge of IP law and can effectively search for and interpret prior art; they can significantly reduce the number of hours spent with attorneys. At the same time it will ensure that both inventors and patent attorneys understand one another.

Key Features

  • Equips the IC designer with the knowledge to effectively search for and interpret prior art
  • Explains technical contents of semiconductor and IC design in an interesting and non-technical manner making it valuable as well to IP practitioners
  • Addresses the legal knowledge needed by IC inventors to avoid the risk of IP infringement litigation
  • Illustrates concepts through case studies and examples and includes crucial and valuable search links
  • Covers IC design protection focusing on the markets of the USA, UK, EC, and Asia Pacific

About the author(s)

Dr. Kiat-Seng Yeo is currently the Head of Division of Circuits and Systems and Interim Director of IC Design Centre of Excellence at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Before these appointments he was Sub-Dean (Student Affairs), the program manager of the system-on-chip flagship project, the coordinator of the integrated circuit design research group and the principal investigator of the integrated circuit technology research group at NTU. Professor Yeo is the author of four books, more than 300 journal and conference articles, and has been granted 20 patents.

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