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 CACN News                                                                                    Q4 - 2018    
Change of Chairmanship at AGM 2018
CACN members attended the 2018 Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network's (CACN) Annual General Meeting on October 3rd. There were over 20 members in attendance who gained insight on CACN's annual activities and objectives and learned how CACN is continuing to work on our members behalf to combat product counterfeiting, piracy and fraud in Canada.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Graham Hood, Smart & Bigger, who discussed 'The USMCA and what it means for IP Rights Holders in Canada'. Audience members also heard from Lara Miller, Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at IACC .Thank you to both keynote speakers for sharing their knowledge and expertise on anti-counterfeiting in Canada. 

During the meeting, past CACN Chair, Sundeep Chauhan, Vice President & Senior Counsel - MPAA Global Content, ​​​announced the appointment of Lorne Lipkus as CACN's new Chair for 2019. Lorne took the stage to outline his exciting new initiatives for the year ahead. Lorne M. Lipkus is a founding partner in the Toronto, Ontario, law firm of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP.  He practices throughout Canada in the area of intellectual property litigation with a principle focus on protecting the intellectual property and the intellectual capital of his clients. His personal engagement with his clients enables him to customize end to end proactive and defensive solutions to combat the piracy, theft, and counterfeiting of his clients property. In addition to strategic defensive work, he actively litigates all manner of anti-counterfeiting cases (copyrights, trademarks, and industrial designs) as well as cases involving theft of confidential information, trade secrets, corporate opportunities and tangible property, by former employees, competitors, or others, as well as computer fraud and abuse. Read Lorne's full biography here.

CACN Chair, Lorne Lipkus in the Community

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, CACN's Chair, Lorne Lipkus, went to Pearson International Airport CBSA offices for a training and information session put on by CBSA's ICECAP section. Paul Stella of Toyota Canada, Inc. brought a table display of counterfeit and authentic automotive parts including several recently found in Canada. Other presentations included Ray Varcho (CSA Group), Kristopher Caraher (Homeland Security Investigations), Lara Miller (IACC), Det. Robert Whalen (Toronto Police Service), Andrew Donaldson (CBSA) and the opening speaker and moderator, Adrian Anger (CBSA). Approximately 60 border services officers from the cargo section were in attendance. The officers showed great interest in anti-counterfeiting issues, both with their questions as well as their comments.

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, CACN's Chair, Lorne Lipkus, attended the AMO Anti-money Laundering team session along with Brian Goldstein (FBI) in Toronto. Lorne presented on the breath and scope of counterfeiting in Canada and globally, as well as how organized crime and terrorists obtain their financing including money-laundering through dealing in counterfeit products. Follow-up meetings are being planned to not only raise awareness, but to create enforcement opportunities with the 70+ attendees from BMO. Special thanks to Cam Field and his group for organizing the event.

On Friday, November 16, 2018, CACN's Chair, Lorne Lipkus, attended a meeting between automotive industry representatives and U.S. law enforcement regarding automotive product counterfeiting in Canada.

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, CACN's Chair, Lorne Lipkus, attended an insurance Industry Symposium sponsored by The Guarantee. With close to 100 insurance industry participants (many involved in dealing with claims involving automotive parts), those in attendance were shown numerous examples of counterfeit products. These products included automotive counterfeits recently found in the Toronto and Canadian marketplace and how fraudsters were dealing with these illegal products while being involved in automotive insurance claims.

Global T.V. Interview on Counterfeit Goods: Hard to Resist, But Potentially Deadly
Crime Stoppers is asking for your tips on who’s selling things like fake makeup or electrical goods at pop-up stores or elsewhere. They might hurt you, burn you, and could even potentially cause death. Read the full press release here. or watch the Global T.V. interview ‘Global BC Crime Stoppers Asking for Help on Counterfeit Crimes’ here.
Success with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

In April 2018, CBSA confirmed 13,500 Himalayan salt lamp units were detained and eventually seized by border patrol. The goods were marked as made in Pakistan. UL engaged with CBSA and the entire shipment of 13,500 lamps were ultimately abandoned and were relinquished to the crown for destruction.

The lamps were not found to have been evaluated by UL to the appropriate standards for safety and it is unknown if they complied with any safety requirements. The UL Listing Certification Mark displayed on the seized Himalayan salt lamps retail packaging was found to be unauthorized and considered counterfeit. The total seizure amount for the lamps was estimated at $325,000.

Industry News

Pharma Crime: News in Brief
Nigeria’s tramadol scourge, China’s fentanyl crackdown, Ghana’s border battle, and pharma crimes in Mexico and Bangladesh.
 Read more. 

CBP Seizes Nearly $1.7m in Knock-Off Nike Sneakers
Customs officers have seized more than 9,000 fake Nike sneakers shipped from China at the port of New York/Newark. If authentic, the sneakers would have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1.7m, said US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a press release. 
Read more. 

UK and EU’s Future Relationship Must Protect Patients from Fake Meds
Representatives of the UK health sector have issued a plea that the political declaration being drawn up by the UK and EU27 countries includes clear commitments on public health, including the fight against falsified medicines.
Read more. 

AKD Launches Platform for Tobacco Product Traceability
Croatian company AKD has developed an authentication and traceability system that it says meets the coding requirements of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which comes into effect on May 20 next year. Read more. 
Google Says it Took Down 10m IP-Infringing Ads in 2017
Google says it removed more than 10m adverts suspected of infringing copyright last year as part of a crackdown on online piracy.
Read more.

A 'weak link' no more? New trade deal prods Canada to stop Chinese counterfeits headed for U.S.
The authorities knew they had arrived in Canada — 55,000 Chinese-made, knock-off versions of ties by Gucci and the like. Then they disappeared, never showing up for sale in this country.
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Chinese Police Bust Massive Fake Condom Gang
Chinese police have seized $7m-worth of counterfeit Durex, Okamoto and other condom brands destined for supply to retail outlets, hotels and vending machine operators. Read more.

EU Unveils first Watch List on Counterfeit and Piracy
The European Commission has published its Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List, which names websites and physical marketplaces outside the EU that are suspected of enabling “substantial” counterfeiting and piracy. Read more.

NZ Gang Warns of Fake Chinese Insignia
A New Zealand street gang has warned the public against buying knock-off clothing sold on AliExpress – for their own safety. Read more.

Canada Needs EU Style Traceability Laws to Fight Fish Fraud
A Canadian study has revealed that 44 per cent of seafood samples from food retailers and restaurants were mislabelled, indicating a very high level of food fraud. Read more.

What Makes a Country a Counterfeit Exporter?
Counterfeits are produced in just about all global economies, but it takes high levels of corruption for countries to become major exporters of fake goods. That’s the main conclusion of an EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) report which suggests corruption in governance organizations – as well as poor IP protection – are a big influencer, along with other factors such as the presence of free trade zones (FTZs), low labour costs and poor labour market regulations. Read more.