Are there criminal sanctions for infringement of any intellectual property rights, and if so, what are they and how are they invoked?

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Copyright – Section 136 of the Copyright Act covers criminal offences, including the sale, hire, importation, distribution, or possession of infringing copies of infringing works. Offenders can be liable for a fine up to S$100,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years upon conviction.

Trade marks – Part VI of the Trade Marks Act covers criminal offences, including the counterfeiting of a trade mark, false application of a registered trade mark to goods or services, the making or possessing of article for committing offence, and the importing or selling of goods with falsely applied trade mark. Offenders can be liable for a fine up to S$100,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years upon conviction.

Updated: May 23, 2017