Groundbreaking Report Calls for immediate Reforms to Canada's Intellectual Property Rights System



    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Intellectual Property
Council (CIPC), released its landmark report, A Time for Change: Toward a New
Era for Intellectual Property Rights in Canada. It calls for substantive and
immediate reforms to Canada's intellectual property rights system.
    The report, released at the Illicit Trade: Global Threat - Local
Consequences event in Toronto, is an in-depth review of Canada's intellectual
property rights system and finds that properly enforced and protected
intellectual property rights form the cornerstone of the innovative economy
and are integral to Canada's economic prosperity. A Time for Change calls upon
the Canadian government to take immediate steps to update Canada's protection
for intellectual property rights.
    "The rampant theft of intellectual property on going throughout Canada
affects almost every sector of the Canadian economy and accounts for billions
of dollars in lost revenue", says Bob Weese, Chair, Canadian Intellectual
Property Council and Vice President, GE Canada. "Counterfeit products include
luxury goods, electronics, pharmaceuticals and even children's toys. Many of
these products pose a direct threat to the health and safety of consumers and
their production and distribution has been linked to organized crime."
    The CIPC will continue to press the government to update copyright
legislation and adopt the WIPO internet treaties that will address
counterfeiting and piracy in the online environment, whether digital or
physical.

    About the CIPC

    The Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) is a Canadian business
coalition - supported by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce - which is designed
to provide a central voice to press for stronger intellectual property
protection both in Canada and worldwide. Launched in 2008, the CIPC's primary
objective is to ensure that the Canadian government provides the necessary
legislative framework and sufficient resources to combat the rampant
counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property. Their members represent a
broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals, software, entertainment
and consumer goods, all of which rely on intellectual property rights for
their success.




For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Anderson, Director, Communications,
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, (613) 238-4000, ext.231, Cell: (613) 797-1860,
kanderson@chamber.ca

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