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Preventing Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Is your office or business being used to carry out infringing activities (either work or personal)? If so you may be breaking the law, exposing yourself and your business to potential legal action, risking IT security breaches including viruses and hampering staff productivity. Check out this guide for businesses on Intellectual Property (IP) rights infringement at work to help you assess your risk and develop your response.

Why infringement matters

What is IP rights infringement, the difference between civil infringement and criminal offences and why you should take action.

Risks for businesses

The risks IP rights infringement pose to businesses, including legal and security risks, viruses, and resource implications.

Potential problem areas

Instances where IP rights infringement can occur and how to spot them.

Dealing with infringement

Practical advice and guidance on dealing with IP rights infringement in the workplace.

There are two main types of IP rights infringement - civil infringement and criminal offence. Whether an act will be a criminal offence (as well as a civil infringement) will depend on a range of factors including the type of activity, including whether payment is received etc.

This guide is primarily focused on criminal IP offences, but some civil infringements are also covered. It provides practical advice on how to spot IP rights infringement issues, and how to deal with them. This guidance relates to all businesses, be it large or small, public or private which have the capacity to infringe the IP rights owned by others.