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West Coast Federal Appeals Court Upholds Chip Protection Act Violation Finding

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The SCPA (Semiconductor Chip Protection Act) is an intellectual property law that Congress passed in 1984 to protect the US semiconductor industry from so-called chip piracy - the copying of IC layouts by what amounted to photoor xerographic duplication - which was then widespread. The SCPA combines aspects of copyright law and patent law; in some ways it differs from both of them. The Senate originally passed the SCPA as a part of an amendment to the US Copyright Law. In addition to the compromise preserving reverse engineering while prohibiting outright copying, the SCPA contains a compromise over the kind of subject matter that it protects: ideas, concepts, and principles cannot be protected from adoption by others. Similar to ideas and principles, layout features that function dictates cannot be monopolized under the SCPA

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IEEE Micro  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 1 )