July 1st, 2009
Welcome to the Canadian Intellectual Property Council’s new website. Designed to be the focal point for information on intellectual property rights in Canada, this site contains information that we hope you will find useful.
There is no doubt that Canada’s intellectual property system is in need of reform. The rampant spread of counterfeiting and piracy continue to constrain economic growth while ineffective laws allow criminals to get rich of off profits siphoned away from legitimate businesses. Initially, intellectual property theft was mostly confined to knock-off purses watches and other luxury goods, however today the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is international in nature and impacts almost all sectors of the Canadian economy. Modern counterfeit rings are large scale operations which produce a wide assortment of illicit products ranging from, electronic goods, car parts, pharmaceuticals, tobacco products and even toys. Almost no sector of the Canadian economy is untouched.
The high profit margins and low risk associated with the production of these goods has led to increased involvement by organized crime syndicates. Intellectual property theft can truly be considered the crime of the twenty first century. Perhaps the most disturbing trend in this new era of illicit trade is the blatant disregard for the health and safety of consumers. Many countries have already adopted legislation specifically targeting perpetrators selling goods that pose a threat to the health and safety of consumers.
With the current economic downtown, Canadian businesses are more susceptible to the added drain caused by Canada’s outdated intellectual property rights system. Revenue and job losses due to Canada’s weak protection for IPR can no longer be tolerated. The time is right for the government to adopt the reforms needed to update our intellectual property rights system.
The CIPC serves as the central voice for the Canadian business community and will continue to press for the adoption of better protection for IPR both within Canada and worldwide.
We would appreciate any feedback as we develop our site and encourage our visitors to contact us.