Infringement, when used alone, has several possible meanings in the English language.

In a legal context, an infringement refers to the violation of a law or a right. This includes intellectual property infringements such as:

  • Copyright infringement
  • Patent infringement
  • Trademark infringement

In some jurisdictions, an infringement can refer to an administrative penalty system for minor criminal or regulatory breaches of the law. This process typically involves the issue of a notice either on the spot or by mail and disposition of the breach without the offender being required to be subject to prosecution or other formal court proceeding. Many road safety, public transport and local authority offences are managed in this way.

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