European Union
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Layout-designs (Topographies) of Integrated Circuits
42. Please state the term of protection granted by your legislation to topographies.
Section 7 provides that the term of protection is for ten years after the date of commencement. Protection commences: (a) on the date of the first commercial exploitation, anywhere in the world, of the layout-design by, or with the consent of, the right holder, provided that an application for protection is filed by the right holder with the Registrar within the time limit referred to in section 8(3); or (b) on the filing date accorded the application for the registration of the layout-design filed by the right holder if the layout-design has not been previously exploited commercially anywhere in the world.