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EFC Welcomes Combating Counterfeit Products Act

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced that it supports the Combating Counterfeit Products Act currently proposed by the Canadian government.

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EFC Welcomes Introduction of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is pleased to support the Combating Counterfeit Products Act proposed by the Government Canada today. This is welcome legislation after many years of advocating for more effective solutions to tackle this problem.

EFC is encouraged to see that the Government has given the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) expanded powers of search, seizure and interception. Rights holders will also have increased options for pursuing counterfeiters such as getting notice of suspect goods intercepted at the border, the ability to file Requests for Assistance with the CBSA and the judicial remedy of private right of action.

EFC is particularly encouraged by Minister Paradis’ comments that the Government is actively focused on protecting intellectual property rights and Minister Toews’ statements recognizing that counterfeiting poses a serious risk to the health and safety of Canadians.

“The Combating Counterfeit Products Act is a positive step in addressing the very real issues posed by counterfeit products in Canada. EFC and its member companies are concerned with intellectual property rights, the economic impacts of counterfeit products and health and safety issues.”  – Jim Taggart, President & CEO, Electro-Federation Canada

“Working against the scourge of counterfeiting has been a major issue for EFC and its member companies.  Canadian electrical and electronics manufacturers in particular are concerned about rampant and flagrant counterfeiting, from fake cell phones to phony circuit breakers. EFC welcomes the Combating Counterfeit Products Act as a step in the right direction.”  – Brisette Lucas, Vice President Government Relations & Policy, Electro-Federation Canada