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FILING KOREAN LAYOUT DESIGNS APPLICATION
Filing an Application
1. Qualifications for Application
Applicant for registration of establishment
The creator of the layout-design (and for the layout-design in service, the corporation shall be the applicant)
Successor of the creator (documents proving the fact of succession are required.)
In cases where the layout-design has been jointly created by more than two persons, the application is to be filed by all owners.
* Non-residents are required to file the application by appointing and registering an agency (layout-design administrator).
The limitation of time for application
Applications must be filed within two years from the date of the commercial use of the layout-design: Applications filed after two years shall be dismissed.
* This limitation of time for application is to strike the right balance between the interest of the creator and that of the user.
2. Documents for Application
Application documents for the registration of establishment
Bibliographic data of the applicant and creator (or his agency)
Name of the layout-design
Dates of creation and commercial use
Other accompanying documents
Accompanying documents
Electronic files of the layout-design
A copy of the description of the layout-design
Power of attorney, if necessary
Certificate for foreign nationality or corporation
Documents proving the fact of succession of rights (only in cases of succession)
3. Conditions for a layout-design file
An electronic file in a format in which the plain or cubic structure of the layout-design is readable with a personal computer
An electronic file in which every layer of the layout-design is represented in the plain or cubic structure by the use of a personal computer
An electronic file which shows the plain or cubic structure of each layer of the layout-design for the manufacture of a semiconductor IC.
Required formats for a layout-design file: The formats of GDS, GDS II, CIF, etc that can be directly used in manufacturing a semiconductor IC, or the formats of bmp, jpg, jpeg, gif, tif, tiff, pdf, etc, derived by processing the abovementioned formats, that allow viewers the ability to identify the plain or cubic structure of the layout-design
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