Definitions[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Sui generis is a Latin phrase describing a law that is “of its own kind or class."

Intellectual property[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

U.S. copyright law[edit | edit source]

Sui generis refers to "classes of works protected under the statute that do not fall within existing categories of legal protection, such as mask works. . . ."[2]

Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984[edit | edit source]

The Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984[3] is a sui generis law for the protection of mask works; it is not part of either patent or copyright laws.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Black's Law Dictionary (8th ed. 2004).
  2. Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 16.
  3. Pub. L. No. 98-620.
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