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Use of Microchip Copyrighted Material

Microchip documentation (including but not limited to data sheets, manuals, etc.), images, website, and other original creations are valuable assets protected by copyright law. Microchip aims to protect these assets while encouraging the broad dissemination of product literature and related information in order to reach the widest market for Microchip products. To that end, we often consider requests by customers, distributors, and other parties to reproduce, translate, and/or reprint our copyrighted material in a book, CD, magazine, or other reference material to be sold or distributed on the open market. When we approve such requests, Microchip still owns all rights to the copyrighted material including any translations of such material.

If you would like to reproduce, translate, and/or reprint Microchip copyrighted material for commercial purposes you must request Microchip’s written permission by following the 3-step process described below. Microchip’s written permission is not required for personal use or educational (non-profit) use of copyrighted material.

Personal Use of Copyrighted Material: If you use Microchip copyrighted material solely for your personal use you do not need Microchip’s written permission to use such material. However, distribution or reproduction of such materials and images to others (including posting on a website) does require Microchip’s written permission.

Educational and Non-Profit Use of Copyrighted Material: If you use Microchip copyrighted material solely for educational (non-profit) purposes falling under the “fair use” exception of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 then you do not need Microchip’s written permission. For example, Microchip’s permission is not required when using copyrighted material in: (1) an academic report, thesis, or dissertation; (2) classroom handouts or textbook; or (3) a presentation or article that is solely educational in nature (e.g., technical article published in a magazine). Please note that offering Microchip copyrighted material at a trade show or industry conference for the purpose of promoting product sales does require Microchip’s permission.

Permission to Use Copyrighted Material: If you intend to use Microchip copyrighted material for commercial purposes or you are not sure whether a particular use falls under the “fair use” exception described above, then you should seek permission from Microchip by following the 3-step process below.

All parties using Microchip copyrighted material (whether for commercial or educational purposes) must properly acknowledge Microchip’s ownership of its copyrights and properly use Microchip’s trademarks. If you would like to receive Microchip’s trademark usage guidelines, please send your request to the Legal Department by sending an e-mail to legal.department@microchip.com or by faxing your request to (480) 792-4112.

To request permission to use Microchip copyrighted material, please follow these 3 steps:

  1. Complete the Request to Use Microchip Technology Inc. Copyrighted Material. This form is posted below.
  2. After completion, please return the Request to Use form to the Legal Department by e-mailing it to legal.department@microchip.com or faxing it to (480) 792-4112. In most cases, Microchip will review and respond to your request within 2 weeks.
  3. If the request is approved, Legal will prepare a letter granting you permission to use Microchip copyrighted material subject to certain conditions. For example:
    • the contents of the material may not be modified,
    • the most current version of the copyrighted material must be used,
    • Microchip copyright notices must be posted in the reprinted material or publication,
    • Microchip’s trademarks must be properly used, and
    • the recipient of the material must comply with applicable export regulations.

Please note that most copyrighted materials are available on Microchip’s website. For any copyrighted material that is not available on Microchip’s website, you may contact the Technical Publications Manager of the Marketing Communications Department at legal.department@microchip.com.

REQUEST TO USE form - PDF version