Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network Applauds Government for Joining International Anti-Counterfeiting Discussions

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN)
today welcomed the federal government's decision to participate in
international discussions aimed at an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.
    Canada will join with the European Union, Japan, the United States,
Mexico, South Korea and other countries to establish international standards
to deter the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. The negotiations will
target provisions on international cooperation, enforcement practices and
legal frameworks.
    "We're delighted that the government is again demonstrating its resolve
to take action against counterfeiting and piracy," says Doug Geralde, Chair,
CACN, and Director, Audits & Investigations, CSA Group, noting the Oct. 16
Throne Speech commitment to strengthen intellectual property (IP) rights in
Canada. "Concerted action is needed both inside and outside our borders to
better guard consumers from dangerous goods and protect Canadian businesses
from IP theft."
    A growing list of reports, including reports issued earlier this year by
Parliament's Industry and Security committees, highlight the impact of
counterfeiting and piracy, including consumer health and safety risks, the
funding of organized crime, as well as job losses and slower economic growth.
The reports also propose steps required to bring counterfeiting and piracy
under control, such as stronger laws and adequate enforcement resources.

    About CACN

    The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a non-profit coalition
of stakeholders that has united in the fight against product counterfeiting
and copyright piracy in Canada and internationally. Members include
broad-based organizations and companies from a range of industries as well as
law firms representing intellectual property rights holders. CACN's mission is
to significantly reduce and ultimately eliminate the manufacture, importation,
distribution and sale of counterfeit products in Canada and abroad through
public education, training of law enforcement, and lobbying for legislative
change and increased resources. CACN can be found online at

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For further information: Don Hogarth, Hogarth Communications, (416)

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