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BILL C-56: Bill aimed at tackling counterfeit and pirated products has been tabled by the Minister of Industry.

June 29, 2012 Bill C-11 passed thrid reading in the Senate and received royal assent

The Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-32) was introduced on June 2, 2010. 

 

 

Consumer

COUNTERFEITING IN THE CANADIAN MARKET: Canadian consumers are increasingly at risk from counterfeit goods. Some of these products have been linked to injuries and even death. CIPC works with brand owners and government to help protect consumers from potentially harmful goods.

For the latest advisories and recalls from Health Canada, click here

 

Business

Every year Canadian businesses suffer revenue losses due to the theft of their intellectual property. The CIPC has published an IP Manual to help businesses protect their IP.

 

International

Across the world countries have started to realize the importance of protecting IPR.
The CIPC is particularly pleased by Canada’s continued participation in the ACTA process. The next round of negociations will take place in Switzerland in June 2010. 

A Time For Change

In February, 2009 the CIPC launched its report on Intellectual Property Rights in Canada. This report, “A Time for Change: Toward a New Era for Intellectual Property Rights in Canada” calls for substantive and immediate reforms to Canada’s intellectual property rights system.

The report undertakes a detailed review of Canada’s intellectual property rights system and comes to the conclusion that properly enforced and protected intellectual property rights form the cornerstone of the innovative economy and are integral to Canada’s economic prosperity. A “Time for Change” calls upon the Canadian government to take immediate steps to update Canada’s protection for intellectual property rights.

The rampant theft of intellectual property on going throughout Canada affects almost every sector of the Canadian economy and accounts for billions of dollars in lost revenue.  Counterfeit products include luxury goods, electronics, pharmaceuticals and even children’s toys. Many of these products pose a direct threat to the health and safety of consumers and their production and distribution has been linked to organized crime. Digital piracy is also increasing within Canada as an unregulated online environment offers an excellent venue for the trafficking of these goods.