Infringement Penalties

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What Is Infringement?

Intellectual property infringement refers to the unauthorized use, reproduction, or sale of materials that are registered for protection under intellectual property laws. These protected materials generally include items, materials, or works that have been registered under copyright, trademark, or patent laws. Infringement laws are important because they help protect creators of original work from unauthorized use or access to their creations.

Though definitions may vary depending on the subject matter, infringement generally requires proof that:

What Are Some Common Infringement Penalties?

Legal penalties for copyright infringement may include:

Penalties for trademark and patent infringement may follow similar guidelines. Again, the particular details for penalties will depend on several factors, including:

Is Infringement a Criminal Charge?

In some cases, infringement can lead to federal criminal charges. These can result in the defendant serving prison time or facing other criminal penalties. Federal and state laws are very strict when it comes to the protection of intellectual property.

Also, in some cases, courts may impose punitive damages on top of the normal damages award. This is often limited to double or treble damages (i.e. twice or three times the amount of the base economic damages award). These can be imposed in cases involving intentional disregard of intellectual property protections and laws.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Infringement Penalties?

Infringement is a very serious offense that can result in very serious civil or criminal penalties. It may be in your best interests to hire an intellectual property lawyer if you are facing any legal claims involving infringement laws. Your attorney can help research the laws to determine what rights you have. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit or attend any court sessions, your lawyer can provide you with legal representation during those time periods.

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Last Modified: 09-01-2015 09:35 AM PDT

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