Canada’s Attempt to Crack Down on Counterfeit Products

Written by Nerissa Staggers

Canada’s Parliament has introduced a new bill entitled the Combating Counterfeit Products Act. This bill amends the Copyright Act and the Trademark Act by adding new civil and criminal remedies for the possession, sale and distribution of infringing work.

How will this bill help to protect your work?

  • By granting border patrol agents the right to detain copies of suspect infringing materials;
  • By creating new criminal and civil offenses for commercial possession, sale and distribution of counterfeit goods
  • By protecting legitimate owners giving them more power to enforce their intellectual property rights at the border
  • By border patrol officers giving notice to owners of suspect shipments

If this bill becomes law, Canada will no longer be a safe haven for counterfeit goods. We’ll keep you posted.

About the author

Nerissa Staggers

Nerissa Staggers is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of A graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business, and Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Nerissa Staggers is an analytical thinker and an appreciator of the arts. She’s worked in the fashion industry for several years in New York City prior to obtaining her law degree, taking on buying, production, and management roles. Her interests expand beyond just fashion to entertainment, media, and entrepreneurship. She loves the idea of linking the worlds of creativity, business, and law. Intellectual Property law is that link. She completed intellectual property coursework at New York Law School as a visiting student to further concentrate on this area. The purpose of this site is to support artists and small businesses by helping to protect their creative interests. Outside of work, Nerissa enjoys volunteering and serving on non-profit boards in her local community.

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