Canada Put on IP Watch List - "We need better protection of IP rights": Canadian Chamber

    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - For a number of years, the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce has called on the federal government to implement stronger
measures to protect intellectual property rights in Canada, in particular,
passing updated legislation on copyright and taking efforts to stop
counterfeit goods at our borders and gateways. Today, the United States Trade
Representative elevated Canada to the "Priority Watch List" for not taking
enough action to protect intellectual property rights.
    "We've been pressing the government to act to better protect intellectual
property rights for some time now," said Canadian Chamber President and CEO
Perrin Beatty. "While we were pleased to see IP included in the Throne Speech
and legislation on copyright was introduced last year, Canadian business, and
its trading partners, need certainty with regard to IP rights protection",
Beatty continued.
    In an effort to ramp up business concerns regarding intellectual property
rights issues in Canada, The Canadian Intellectual Property Council (CIPC) was
created under the umbrella of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in May 2008.
Earlier this year, the CIPC released "A Time for Change: Toward a New Era for
Intellectual Property Rights in Canada". This landmark report highlighted the
crucial role of intellectual property rights in fostering innovation and
Canada's economy, the urgent need to modernize our intellectual property laws
and implement effective IP enforcement and the specific steps that the
Canadian government needs to take to do so.
    "In our shared global economy, Canada's inability to properly protect
intellectual property directly threatens Canadian businesses and all those
whose livelihood depends on what is increasingly Canada's greatest national
resource: the products of our minds. This threat to our economy is
particularly acute in the present economic downturn," Beatty noted. "With the
U.S. elevating Canada to the Priority Watch List for IP, we're now lumped in
with China, Russia, India and Thailand. We must do better, and do it quickly",
Beatty continued.
    The Canadian Chamber and the CIPC urges the government to finally take
action to better protect intellectual property rights in Canada. A number of
Parliamentary Committees have issued reports calling for action and the
Competition Policy Review Panel's report in 2008 also called for better
protection if intellectual property rights. The time to act is now.

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