OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - When you buy counterfeit goods, you support
criminal activity, drug trafficking, organized crime and gang violence.
On June 6th, in Toronto, the Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC), an
Intellectual Property (IP) lobby group under the banner of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce will shed light on the massive problem of
counterfeiting and IP theft and urge the Canadian government to take
action to prevent trade in these goods. It's estimated that the annual
economic impact of counterfeit goods in Canada is $30 billion.
"The evolution of counterfeit goods being sold online and coming across
our borders must be addressed, says Chris Gray, Director of the CIPC.
"We are meeting today to remind Canadians of the dangers of purchasing
counterfeit goods, and the Canadian government that Canada's protection
of IP falls far behind international best practices."
The CIPC has been leading the charge for greater awareness and
protection of intellectual property rights in Canada. One of its
objectives is to increase public understanding of counterfeiting, and
explain its negative implications for businesses and consumers alike.
"While luxury goods and entertainment is widely being counterfeited, It
goes far broader than that. It's brake parts in cars, it's parts on
airplanes, it's counterfeit medicines that has killed people in Canada
and around the world." Gray said.
As part of its efforts, the CIPC will be hosting a forum on brand
protection and enforcement of IP rights on June 6th. European and American government officials will be presenting best
practices that have worked for them. This includes supporting
ex-officio authority for border officials, which would grant them the
power to seize suspected items, something that is absent in Canada at
"World-wide counterfeiting has become an increasingly larger issue in
the past few years and as a global brand we need to react. Our goal is
to raise awareness, through education and communication to the public
as well as urging the Canadian government for stricter regulations"
says Kevin Spreekmeester, Vice President, Global Marketing at Canada
Goose and co-chair of the CIPC. "For over 50 years we have built a
reputation for manufacturing the best extreme outerwear on the planet
and counterfeiters are taking advantage of that. The counterfeit
jackets they sell contain little to no down and are often covered with
bacteria and mildew which can pose a serious health risk."
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 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNCIL
For further information:
Émilie S. Potvin
Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations
Office: 613.238.4000 (231)