Sui generis is a Latin phrase describing a law that is “of its own kind or class."
The term sui generis
|“||is used in intellectual property law to describe a regime designed to protect rights that fall outside the traditional copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret doctrines.||”|
Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984
U.S. copyright law
Sui generis refers to
|“||[a] Latin phrase meaning “of its own kind.” In the context of the copyright law, it refers to classes of works protected under the statute that do not fall within existing categories of legal protection, such as mask works. . . .||”|
- Black's Law Dictionary (8th ed. 2004).
- Pub. L. No. 98-620.
- Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 16.