What are the differences between an integrated circuit layout design and an industrial design?
While an integrated circuit layout design and an industrial design are both forms of graphic design, there are significant differences between them. Unlike an industrial design, which is an aesthetically pleasing design that is visible from the outside, an integrated circuit is a functional design that is installed inside a product. The main focus of an integrated circuit design is on its technical function, rather than the location of its electronic components. The aim of the integrated circuit design is to enhance integration, reduce energy consumption, and save materials. Due to the difficulty of satisfying the non-obviousness requirement for a patent, integrated circuits are not eligible for patent protection.