HONGKONG will see a large increase of technology transfer from technologically developed countries when legislation to protect the design of integrated circuits is passed, according to a senior intellectual property lawyer. Passage of the Bill, an extension to the Layout Design (Topography) of Integrated Circuits Ordinance, could also lead to more investment in and development of the territory's integrated circuit industry. Mr Stephen Hayward of Lovell White Durrant said the law would complement existing intellectual property laws. The 1956 copyright and patent laws of the UK are applicable in the territory. Mr Hayward said the development of technology was being held back because of the lack of laws to safeguard developers' interests. ''Once it [the Bill] becomes law, Hongkong should see a great increase in technology transfer from Europe, the US and Australia, which will help maintain Hongkong's development in technology,'' he said. Passage of the Bill would also allow for reciprocal protection in countries that have enacted similar legislation, he said. The bill will be gazetted tomorrow and Mr Hayward said it should have been passed before the end of the year.