In This Issue:
- Counterfeiter’s Beware – Canada Introduces New Law to Deal with Counterfeit and Pirated Products
- A “Sign” of Things to Come – How Bill C-56 Will Change Canadian Trade-Mark Law
- Excerpt from Counterfeiter’s Beware – Canada Introduces New Law to Deal with Counterfeit and Pirated Products:
On March 1, 2013, the Canadian Government introduced Bill C-56, otherwise known as the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (the “CCP Act”). The Bill is primarily designed to amend the Federal Copyright Act and the Federal Trademarks Act to add new civil and criminal remedies and improved border measures in order to strengthen the enforcement of copyright and trade-marks rights. The Canadian Government has recognized that there is significant commercial activity involving counterfeit and pirated goods in Canada, and this Act is intended to curtail such activity. While Bill C-56 also introduces other amendments to the Trade-marks Act to expand the scope of what can be registered as a trade-mark, and to modernize the trade-mark application and opposition process, this article will focus on the anti-counterfeiting aspects of the Bill. For more information on these other amendments to the Trade-marks Act, please refer to the next article “A “Sign” of Things to Come – How Bill C-56 Will Change Canadian Trade-mark Law”.
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