Intellectual Property Infringement

Intellectual property infringement charges arise when an intellectual property right (such as a copyright, patent, or trademark) is said to have been violated.
Intellectual property infringement can happen without intentional imitation. Unfortunately, while deliberate infringements produce larger damages, ignorance is not a defense. However, apart from computer software, ideas, information, and technology are typically not protected by copyright, and copyrights (unlike patents and trademarks) require conscious duplication in order for a court to make a finding of intellectual property infringement.