Bill C-56: Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Tabled March 1st, 2013)
Counterfeiting in the Canadian market: How do we stop it?
Counterfeiting in the Canadian Market exposes the extent of the world’s current counterfeit problem and illustrates the risks associated with counterfeit products and their illicit distribution. Canada has a number of weak spots with respect to intellectual property rights, leaving it vunerable and indering its ability to fully participate in the global economy. The report examines international best practices in hopes of better understanding how to combat IP infringements and highlighted five areas where urgent action is required to modernize Canada's current system. You can find the report here.
IP Manual for Business
This publication is designed to assist businesses in understanding their rights and how to better protect their IP. Written with Canadian businesses in mind, the IP manual provides an overview of Canadian IP laws and offers suggestion on how to combat and track violation of intellectual property rights. A copy of the report can be found here.
The CIPC “About Us” Brochure provides a brief overview of the organization and outlines our major achievements to date. For your copy of the report please follow this link.
A Time for Change: Toward a New Era for Intellectual Property Rights in Canada was released by the CIPC on February 3rd 2009. The report undertakes a detailed examination of Canada’s IPR regime and calls for immediate reforms. Go here for a copy of our white paper. Disponible aussi en français.
Due to the complex nature of Intellectual Property Rights, the CIPC has created a number of subcommittees which are focused on specific areas of concern.
Health and Safety Committee:
Every year, Canadian consumers are harmed by counterfeit products. Almost everything that can be faked has been faked, including toothpaste, pharmaceuticals, batteries, power cords, circuit breakers and electronics. Many do not realize the true threat that these seemingly harmless goods pose.
This committee focuses on developing a better understanding of the dangers posed by these goods, in particular the threat to the health and safety of Canadians. The committee also works with IP rights holders to develop a database of reported incidents of counterfeiting and injury.
Education, Training and Enforcement:
Despite the ongoing theft of intellectual property rights within Canada, very little resources exist to combat this ongoing trend. The Education, Training and Enforcement Committee focuses on increasing the awareness of the damages caused by Canada’s poor IPR regime. By working with law enforcement, the business community and the general public this Committee seeks the development of a nationwide education campaign and improved training programs for both businesses and law enforcement.
The External Relations Committee:
Canada’s poor protection of IPR has negatively affected almost every sector of the Canadian economy and is beginning to affect our relations with our trading partners. The External Relations Committee is responsible for liaising with international bodies that deal specifically with IPR related issues as well as monitoring international and domestic IPR developments.
The Legislation and Policy Committee:
The Canadian government has promised to increase protection for intellectual property rights; however movement in this area has been slow. The CIPC Legislation and Policy Committee monitors ongoing developments in Canadian and international legislative reforms and, when necessary prepares submissions on relevant documents.