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Proposed Bill Targets New Enforcement and Anti-Counterfeiting Initiatives

The Canadian Government introduced Bill C-56 on March 1, 2013. The Bill focuses on curtailing counterfeit activity and amends the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act to add new civil and criminal remedies and new border measures in both Acts, in order to strengthen the enforcement of copyright and trade-mark rights. This includes new criminal offences for trade-mark counterfeiting and new border enforcement measures enabling customs to detain goods they suspect infringe copyright or trade-mark rights.  The Bill also extends the scope of what can be registered as a trade-mark and streamlines the trade-mark application and opposition processes.

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