OTTAWA, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - In a report released today, Counterfeiting in the Canadian market: How do we stop it ?, the Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) concludes that
Canada's intellectual property rights (IPR) regime continues to have
serious weaknesses that undermine our country's innovation capacity and
economic prosperity. The CIPC is an organization of businesses under
the banner of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce focused on improving and
protecting intellectual property rights in Canada.
"As we mark World Anti-counterfeiting Day, the problem of counterfeit
and pirated products infiltrating the traditional and on-line market
place continues at an unabated pace. Canada's system is outdated and
unfortunately, no progress has been made on the creation of IPR
institutions or an Intellectual Property crime task force," said Perrin
Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "This is
impacting our competitiveness on many fronts, and it is critical that
the Canadian Government take a proactive stance to allow Canadian
businesses to fully participate in the global economy."
The RCMP produces intellectual property crime statistics on a quarterly
basis. In the most recent update, the value of infringing goods
continues to grow at an alarming rate. China continues to account for
80% of counterfeit goods found in Canada. 30% of counterfeit goods
seized posed risks to the health and safety of Canadians. And finally,
pharmaceutical counterfeits are now at 7% of all products seized, up
from 4% in 2011.
Counterfeiting in the Canadian Market exposes the extent of the world's current counterfeit problem and
illustrates the risks associated with counterfeit products and their
illicit distribution. Canada has a number of weak spots with respect
to intellectual property rights, leaving it vulnerable and hindering
its ability to fully participate in the global economy. The report
examines international best practices in hopes of better understanding
how to combat IP infringements and highlighted five areas where urgent
action is required to modernize Canada's current system.
Canada has no tools to track and report on the instances of
counterfeiting that are detected. For example, the Canadian Border
Services Agency (CBSA) does not have a mandate for reporting on IP
crime at the border. This lack of clear and credible information poses
a real problem for decision makers.
Action is needed - now.
CIPC and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) is a coalition of
business groups working together under the banner of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce to improve Canada's economic competiveness by
ensuring the adoption of world-class intellectual property protection.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all
sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at www.chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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