Word of the day: Infringement

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Infringement refers to the violation of a law or a right.

Infringement may refer to:

  • Infringement procedure, a European Court of Justice procedure to determine whether a Member State has fulfilled its obligations under Union law
  • Intellectual property infringement, violating an owner’s exclusive rights to intangible assets such as musical, literary, or artistic works
    • Copyright infringement, the use of works under copyright, including reproducing, distributing, displaying, or performing the copyrighted work without permission
    • Patent infringement, using or selling a patented invention without permission from the patent holder, typically for commercial purposes
    • Trademark infringement, a violation of the exclusive rights attaching to a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner or licensees
  • Secondary infringement, when a party contributes to or is responsible for infringing acts carried out by another party
  • Summary offence or infraction, a crime that can be proceeded against without a jury trial and/or indictment in some jurisdictions


in·fringe·ment  (n-frnjmnt)


1. A violation, as of a law, regulation, or agreement; a breach.
2. An encroachment, as of a right or privilege. See Synonyms at breach.


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