Standard for use by printed board manufacturers in development of procedures for the protection of intellectual property (IP) for their customers, also serves as basis for certification by IPC audit demonstrating compliance with standard. 15 pages. Released 2014.
1.1 Purpose The purpose of this standard is to assist printed board (PB) manufacturers in the development of requirements
for the protection of intellectual property (IP) for their customers in commercial, industrial, and military and other high reliability
markets. This standard will focus on protection of the inherent IP designed into the printed board such that IP flows
from the customer to the PB manufacturer and IP that is incorporated into the PB is protected. Patent and other such ‘‘forever
protection’’ of the manufactured product is beyond the scope of this document.
1.2 Levels of Intellectual Property Protection This standard recognizes that electrical and electronic products are subject
to classifications by intended end-item use. Additionally, different manufacturers may desire different levels of IP protection.
Three levels of IP protection have been established to reflect the differences in IP protection.
1.3 Selection of IP Level The user is responsible for selecting the desired level of IP protection. The procurement documentation
or data package shall state the IP level and any exceptions to specific parameters, where appropriate.
Criteria defined in this document reflect three levels of protection, which are as follows.
1.3.1 Level 1 Basic Intellectual Property Protection This level of requirements provides good intellectual property
protection and is best suited for high volume consumer goods. Items may be manufactured globally under Level 1 IP
1.3.2 Level 2 High Intellectual Property Protection This level of requirements provides a higher level of intellectual
property protection and is best suited for high value goods. In most cases, items may be manufactured globally under Level
2 IP protection.
1.3.3 Level 3 Advanced Level for Military, Government, and Commercial Intellectual Property Protection This level
of requirements provides the highest intellectual property protection and is best suited for military and other high security
systems. Items manufactured under Level 3 IP protection must be manufactured in the United States or in a State Department
and DoD (or other appropriate government agency) approved location under the strict supervision of employees with
U.S. or other required citizenship or residency status.