Definitions Edit

General Edit

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

Intellectual property Edit

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

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

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

  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.