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Copyrights Act and Trademarks Act which provide that the infringement of these rights are cognizable offences where a Police Officer not below the Rank of the Inspector can conduct a search and even arrest without a warrant.


Section 22 of the Designs Act, 2000 does not expressly provide for criminal remedies in case of design infringement. The same Section does not specifically bar criminal remedies in case of Design infringement.


It might be possible in some cases to prosecute the design infringers under Indian Penal Code for various offences such as conspiracy, fraud and cheating.


We strongly advise that you consult an Attorney before initiation of such proceedings.


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