Infringement “Legally” Defined

The following definitions for “infringement” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

 

 

(Ballantine’s)

A violation of a right or privilege; an encroachment.

 

(Black’s)

A breaking into; trespass or encroachment upon; a violation of a law, regulation, contract, or right. Used especially of invasions of the rights secured by patents, copyrights, and trademarks [Goodyear Shoe Machinery Co. v. Jackson, 112 Fed. 146, 50 C. C. A. 159, 55 L. R. A. 692; Thomson-Houston Electric Co. v. Ohio Brass Co., 80 Fed. 721, 26 C. C. A. 107].

  • Contributory infringement: the intentional aiding of one person by another in the unlawful making or selling of a patented invention; usually done by making or selling one part of the patented invention, or one element of the combination, with the intent and purpose of so aiding [Thompson-Houston Electric Co. v. Speciality Co. (C. C.) 72 Fed. 1016; Shoe Mach. Co. v. Jackson, 112 Fed. 146, 50 C. C. A. 159, 55 L. R. A. 692; Thomson-Houston Electric Co. v. Ohio Brass Co., 80 Fed. 721, 26 C. C. A. 107; Stud Co. v. O’Brien (C. C.) 93 Fed. 203].

 

(Webster’s)

INFRINGEMENT, n. infrinj’ment.

Act of violating; breach; violation; non-fulfillment; as the infringement of a treaty, compact or other agreement; the infringement of a law or constitution.

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