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On April 12, 2017, the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network organized a meeting of the IPR Enforcement Working group, which is comprised of government departments and agencies (including Health Canada, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, ISED and the CBSA), law enforcement services (Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ottawa Police Services), and stakeholders (including professional and consumer associations and Canadian businesses with a common interest in combatting counterfeiting and piracy in Canada). The purpose of the group is to discuss developing trends and explore potential legislative and administrative improvements to protect Canadians and rights holders from counterfeiting, piracy and fraud.

The major topic of discussion concerned stakeholders’ calls for the creation of an IPR Centre to act as an ongoing rapid response and coordination mechanism against counterfeits, piracy and fraud. The meeting allowed the attendees to discuss their concerns on recent trends in piracy and counterfeiting and opened the door for further collaboration between stakeholders and government departments.

Another topic discussed was the Request for Assistance (RFA) regime, which was implemented in January 2015 following the enactment of the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act. A new RFA mechanism is expected to be introduced early this summer to better assist in the identification and prioritization of dangerous counterfeit goods entering Canada. CACN (along with other rights holders) has long advocated for the inclusion of a simplified procedure to facilitate enforcement against counterfeit shipments where the importer fails to respond to the notice of detention.

The working group had a lengthy discussion concerning what such a framework could look like. HRAI will update members when we learn more about the new mechanism for reporting counterfeit goods at the border.


For more information, contact Caroline Czajko at cczajko@hrai.ca.