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New CBSA Program to Combat Counterfeit Products (Intellectual Property Rights)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has implemented a program that allows intellectual property rights (IPR) holders to file a Request for Assistance (RFA) application asking for the CBSA to temporarily detain suspected counterfeit goods encountered at the border while rights holders seek legal redress.

Once the rights holder has filed the RFA, if a border services officer encounters suspected counterfeit and/or pirated goods, the rights holder would be contacted and information about the shipment and samples of the goods can be provided to the rights holder so they can determine if they wish to pursue legal remedy through a civil court.

Please review the Q&A document here which provides more detailed information on the various aspects of the program.

To learn more about the CBSA, visit their website.