January 2016
CACN Reality Tour: Toronto Recap

The CACN Reality Tour was held in Toronto on January 12th. A special thanks to the Toronto Police Service for co-hosting this event. CACN awarded the Toronto Police Service with an award of merit for  promoting partnerships and providing leadership  in the field of anti-counterfeiting.
CACN presents Toronto Police Service with
2016 Award of Merit
Over 60 representatives from law enforcement and industry came together to learn about a number of timely topics.  Attendees also experienced hand-on training on counterfeit goods by touring a number of brand owners' exhibits, which showcased authentic vs. counterfeit goods. 

This event marked the second segment of the Tour; the first had been held in Vancouver in November -- and upcoming events will be held in Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Ottawa in the coming months. 

We greatly appreciate the support of the following event sponsors: CSA Group, Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos (CAPS).

Registration for the events in Montreal and Quebec City is now available - click here for details.

CACN Holds Training Session at Toronto Pearson Airport

On January 13th, CACN was asked to conduct an anti-counterfeiting product I.D. training session at the Toronto Pearson Airport to educate customs agents on how to identify counterfeit products, including electrical, electronics, apparel, dvds, sports equipment, and a wide range of other products. 

This session featured a presentation segment led by Terry Hunter, CACN Chair and Lorne Lipkus from  Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP. Representatives from Electro-Federation Canada, CSA Group and the Motion Picture Association of Canada also delivered product I.D. presentations.
CACN had several booth displays of counterfeit products for agents to gain hands-on training.

To book a training session with CACN for your group, please contact

Highway and Rail Carriers Face Data Requirement to Enter Canada

Carriers bringing freight via highway and rail from the U.S. into Canada will now face fees and penalties if they do not comply with the security regulation called eManifest. Under the provision, which took effect yesterday, incoming carriers are required to digitally share cargo and conveyance information before entering the country via road or rail, or else face potential fines or denial of entry. 

The goal is to improve the CBSA's ability to detect high-risk shipments-such as drugs, stolen items, or counterfeit goods-before they arrive at the border, while allowing low-risk, legitimate trade to cross the border more efficiently. Read more.

Counterfeiters Perplexed by Canada's Plastic Money

Canada's plastic money is stumping counterfeiters. The RCMP estimate the number of fake bills passed on to retailers in 2015 dropped by 74 per cent compared with the previous year.

Dangerous Counterfeit Medication Trend Growing 

Officials are warning the public of the dangers of illegal pharmaceuticals that can contain harmful unregulated ingredients, and even rat poison  Public service announcements have been going out on TV and social media, warning that "counterfeit pharmaceutical medication kills" and the "fake drugs are often made with toxic chemicals and are stored in filthy conditions."

Agents Seize Phony Hoverboards at Minnesota-Canada Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized nearly $650,000 in counterfeit merchandise coming into Minnesota from Canada, including hundreds of hoverboards.  Field operations officers at the International Falls port of entry found the contraband in a rail container destined for nearby Rainier, agency officials said Wednesday. They seized 1,650 Smart Balance hoverboards and 90 computer motherboards with Bluetooth counterfeit trademark violations. The merchandise has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $645,252, authorities said. Read more.

US Customs Seize $35K in Counterfeit Wearable Tech

It's not just hoverboards being seized by border control staff, but wearable technology is under scrutiny, as more individuals aim to sell counterfeit products overseas.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized $35,000 worth in counterfeit smart wristbands in Philadelphia. More on this story.

Upcoming Events
European Intellectual Property Forum 
February 11 & 12, 2016
Paris, France 

2nd Annual Anti-Counterfeiting Pharma Conferen   ce
March 9 & 10, 2016
London, UK
April 18, 2016 

April 19, 2016

IACC Spring Conference
May 18-20, 2016
Orlando, FL
June 22-23, 2016
Miami, FL
October 19-21, 2016
Scottsdale, AZ

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New Report:  The Future of Brand Protection

Michigan State University's 
Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection - in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories - has released a report entitled " Brand Protection 2020: Perspectives on the Issues Shaping the Global Risk and Response to Product Counterfeiting". 

This report  identifies and discusses critical aspects of the counterfeiting problem that need to be considered over the next five years. 

CACN Training Program

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Participate in CACN's Anti-Counterfeiting Training Program and learn how your team can help combat product counterfeiting and copyright in Canada. This program is designed for customs and law enforcement agencies as well as related government agencies nationwide.


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