June 2016
Request for Member Participation: CACN Creates Task Groups to Champion Key Objectives

CACN's Steering committee has been revising the association's strategic plan. An outcome from these activities has been the creation of 4 task groups focused on championing the main objectives for the association. These task groups are as follows:
- Government Relations & Legislation 
- Training & Education 
- Membership
- Social Media & Online Marketing
CACN would like to extend an invitation for members to participate in these task groups. If you are interested in assisting in these initiatives, please contact Cherith Sinasac at 
CACN Committee Member, Lorne Lipkus, Winner of Individual Achievement Award

CACN is very proud to congratulate Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus, CACN committee member and recipient of a 2016 
Individual Achievement award.  Thank you to the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group s for recognising Lorne for his leadership role in the fight against counterfeiting. Lorne has been instrumental in CACN's Law Enforcement training programs. As well as consistently working with the government of Canada to advance Anti-counterfeiting & Piracy legislation. Thank you to Lorne for his valuable contribution to CACN. 
Lorne Lipkus accepting his award for Individual Achievement from Christian Peugeot, President of the union des Fabricants in Paris. 
The Royal Ontario Museum is requesting your 
assistance to update display items for their 'Fakes & Forgeries' E

This summer, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be displaying 115 real and fake objects in a travelling exhibit called 'Fakes & Forgeries: Yesterday and Today'.  Visitors will learn how to tell authentic pieces from sly forgeries and discover the length that forgers will go to fool consumers.   

The ROM has requested CACN's assistance to update the exhibit with new examples of counterfeit items that can be used in the displays. The ROM is asking for assistance to update display items such as counterfeit electronics, electrical equipment, movies, and brand name apparel. Please refer to the pictures provided by the ROM of existing exhibit items being displayed. 
If you have counterfeit items that might be of interest to the ROM, please contact ROM Curator Paul Denis at   CACN Committee Member Lorne Lipkus will be assisting the ROM with this effort, and can be reached at

Reminder to  Members
: Submit Request for Assistance forms to Canadian Border Services Agency

CACN would like to remind members to submit a Request for Assistance Application to the Canadian Bord Services Agency (CBSA). The application is valid for 2 years. Below is information taken from the  CBSA Website.

How the program works

  • Step 1: Ensure that your trademark is registered with CIPO and your information is up to date. 
  • Step 2: Complete the RFA form  and submit it to the CBSA for processing.
  • Step 3: Wait for confirmation of enrollment and approval letter outlining program specific details.
  • Step 4: Once approved, if suspected counterfeit goods are intercepted by the CBSA, you will be notified and given the opportunity to take  appropriate action.
  • Step 5: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be responsible for leading any criminal investigations related to commercial scale counterfeiting and piracy.
Note:  By filing an RFA, you acknowledge that you become liable to the government for any costs related to storage, handling and destruction of detained goods that arise, beginning the day after a notice of detention is sent to you. You can often minimize or avoid these costs by responding promptly to CBSA and advising:
  • (1) the goods are not counterfeit or pirated, or
  • (2) you choose not to launch an action for this shipment."
For more information, visit CACN's website,  or enquires can be sent directly to the CBSA at

Canada Acts to Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada
Canada has introduced enhanced border control measures to prevent counterfeit and copyright infringement goods from being imported into, and exported from, Canada. Read more
Canada Fights Wave of Fake Pain Pills
Canada's Heath Ministry added a dangerous synthetic opioid- known as W-18 to a list of illegal controlled substances after the drug was found in counterfeit pain medication sold on the street. Canadian law enforcement have found W-18 disguised to look like legitimate prescription pain medication, such as oxycodone. Read More
Federal Court Issues Interlocutory Injunction Directed at Retailers of Set top Boxes Loaded with Copyright Infringing Applications
The Federal Court issued an interlocutory injunction blocking the sale of digital set-top boxes that come preloaded with applications designed to deliver unauthorized access to copyright-protected television shows and movies. Read More
Now's the Time to Develop a Global Trademark Strategy  
The Economist recently commented on the low level of Canadian patent activity with Canada. Canadian trademark filings have remained relatively flat since 2008. Without registration, businesses may be unable to stop unauthorized or counterfeit activities or prevent registration of a confusing trademark
Read More
Alibaba Launches New Anti-Fake Drive, Urges Brands to Help Out 
At an intellectual property conference in Hangzhou, Alibaba recently unveiled a new online system to help track and remove fakes as its top anti-piracy official called for more cooperation with makers of branded goods. Read More
Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose 'Serious Injury' to Shoppers
Mixed fuses were recalled after retailers discovered a potential safety issue.  The fuses turned out to be counterfeit and were falsely branded as Bussmann. Read More
Chinese Counterfeit Websites Continue to Operate, But the ABPIA has Launched a Petition to Stop Them in Their Tracks 
The illegal counterfeit dress industry is growing at an alarming rate year after year. The American Bridal and Prom Industry Association (ABPIA) is taking action. Read More
Thousands of Counterfeit Toyota Parts Discovered At Manufacturing Facility in China 
A recent raid on a manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China discovered thousands of counterfeit Toyota car parts destined for trade in Australia. The counterfeit parts are being sold in Toyota packaging and even have counterfeit part numbers.   Read More
Pennsylvania Man Sold Counterfeit DVDs While State Candidate
A western Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to selling thousands of counterfeit, Chinese-made DVDs on eBay, all while twice running for the General Assembly. The pleas deal calls for $430,000 in restitution to be paid to the Motion Picture Association of America. Read More
Social Media Boosts Luxury Goods Counterfeit Economy
A new study, Social Media and Luxury Goods Counterfeit, reveals that around a fifth of all
items tagged as luxury goods on Instagram
are actually fakes. The trend illustrates how
the social media platform is contributing to
the explosion of the internet's counterfeit
economy, which uses a system of online tools to ship illegal goods around the globe. Read More.
Virginia Women Pocketed $1M Buying Designer Handbags, Returning Chinese Knockoffs in their Place
Praepitcha Smatsorabudh is accused of buying high-end handbags online, then travelling to multiple states to make in person returns at department stores with knockoff versions purchased from China. Read more

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The Canadian Competition Bureau releases revised
Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines
The Competition Bureau has recently released a revised version of its Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines. The Guidelines describe the Bureau's approach to conducting investigations under the 
Competition Act in respect of anti-competitive activities that relate to intellectual property. The primary revisions, which represent the Bureau's first 
major update since the IPEGs original release in 2000. 
To read the summary article written by Smart & Biggar, click here.

For the full report, click here
UNIFAB Study:2016 Report
Terrorism & Counterfeiting 

Unifab publication of this report aims to provide an insight into the links between terrorism and counterfeiting, as well as demonstrating that this illegal activity is a favourite method for financing terrorist actions.

Read the full report here

OECD Report: Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

The new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study-entitled "Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact"-highlights that trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has grown from US$250 billion annually in 2008 to more than US$461 billion in 2013. According to these findings, counterfeit products now represent more than 2.5% of all world trade-including 5% of all imports into the European Union.

Read the full report here
CACN Training Program

Let's Put an End to Counterfeiting Help Strengthen Public Safety!


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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