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Is it a crime to use a trademark even after the contract with the trademark owner has ended and he is not ready to renew it. My whole business runs on the basis of the trademark. I will suffer a huge loss if I cannot use the trademark anymore. So I continued to use it and now the owner is threatening to file a case against me.

Yes, using a registered trademark after termination of your contract with the Trademark owner is a criminal offense and you could be imprisoned or fined for the same. Additionally, a police officer can also conduct search and seizure in your premises if he is satisfied that such an offense has been committed.

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