Canadian Customs now allows recordal services for brand owners. Should your business use it?

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on January 16, 2015   News Tags: , , , ,
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At the start of this year, the Canadian Combating Counterfeit Products Act became law.  With this new power, brand owners can register their trademarks and copyrights with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  Basically you register with customs and when a package is inspected and the items match your intellectual property, customs will contact you to verify the package.

They can send a brand owner a sample of the package, and the details of the sender and receiver. This can also help companies that are wanting to have civil proceedings brought against counterfeiters in court. 

There are no fees to register with customs. However if a brand owner wants the counterfeit goods to be destroyed, they may have to pay a fee. This part of the bill is still being developed and details are limited.

Before this bill became law, there was no legal authority for customs to seize a commercial shipment if they thought it was counterfeit.

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Exploiting and getting passed EU customs to import counterfeit products

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on November 20, 2014   Information Tags: , , , , , ,
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While the economy is doing okay over here in the US, many countries of the European Union never truly recovered from the 2008 financial meltdown. Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain (PIGS) being some of the hardest hits. Ireland was hit pretty hard too. Many austerity programs started for these countries to control their deficits. Cuts were all over the place, but it hit the custom workers hard.

Take for example the city of Cannes in France, were before the crisis it had 20 custom workers. How much now? Just 4. The city is home to the Calabrian mafia, a group known to be in the importing and distribution of counterfeit goods.

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