On March 1, 2017, INTA had the opportunity to brief representatives of the Canadian Senate in Ottawa, Canada, during an open caucus focused on counterfeiting. The purpose of the caucus was to discuss the challenges posed by counterfeiting and what action the Canadian government can take to combat it in Canada. Several Canadian senators attended the caucus session, which was chaired by Senator Art Eggleton.
- Etienne Sanz de Acedo, INTA CEO
- Myra Tawfik, Professor, University of Windsor
- Grant Lynds, President-Elect Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
- Georgina Danzig, Chair, Canadian Bar Association Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Offences Committee
- Amir Attaran, Professor, University of Ottawa
The panelist’s presentations focused on the harms caused by counterfeiting. Etienne provided a global overview of the challenges and harms caused by counterfeiting and stated that “we must establish a multistakeholder anticounterfeiting network, both nationally and across jurisdictional boundaries.” Further, Etienne focused on the need for coordination of law enforcement, including customs and judiciary, as well as the need for brand owners to collaborate by sharing information and working with the IP stakeholder community. Finally, Etienne noted that intellectual property protection is a crucial component for an economic agenda grounded in innovation and that strong IP frameworks are critical to allow businesses to strive toward their goals and grow.
INTA enjoyed the opportunity to communicate the Association’s positions and concerns about counterfeiting in Canada to key government officials while also building relationships with the Canadian IP stakeholder community. We look forward to working with the community to help enhance Canada’s anticounterfeiting programs and strengthen anticounterfeiting legislation and regulation.
Following is a link to the Canadian open caucus program: http://liberalsenateforum.ca/open-caucus/march-1-2017-countering-counterfeits/.