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What can I do if a competitor uses my chip?

If you are the lawful owner of chips rights, you have the exclusive right to reproduce the design and to commercialise it. This means you can prevent or stop third parties from using your protected designs (topographies) or a product incorporating such a design for commercial purposes. Your consent is required if someone wants to use the topography. If your design is used without your consent, you can enforce your rights against this infringement by taking legal action. Remedies can include injunctions, damage compensation and seizure of goods.

(In some countries even criminal sanctions can also be imposed.)

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