Layout designs topographies of integrated circuits are a field in the protection of intellectual property in united states intellectual property law a mask work is a two or three dimensional layout or topography of an integrated circuit ic or chip ie the arrangement on a chip of semiconductor devices such as transistors and passive electronic components such as resistors and . An integrated circuit is a miniature electrical circuit containing electronic devices some or all of the devices and interconnections of which are embedded in or on a piece of material usually a semi conductor material eg silicon. Washington treaty on intellectual property in respect of integrated circuits the washington treaty was adopted in 1989 and provides protection for the layout designs topographies of integrated circuits the treaty has not yet entered into force but has been ratified or acceded to by the following states bosnia and herzegovina egypt and . 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. Treaty on intellectual property in respect of integrated circuits done at washington dc on may 26 1989 sale and distribution of infringing integrated circuits acquired the assembly may ask the world intellectual property organization to grant financial assistance to facilitate the participation of delegations of contracting
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