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 CACN News                                                                                    Q4 - 2017    

CACN Annual General Meeting
CACN members and colleagues are invited to attend the 2018 Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network's (CACN) Annual General Meeting. Members attending the AGM portion will gain insight on CACN's annual activities and objectives and learn how CACN is continuing to work on your behalf to combat product counterfeiting, piracy and fraud in Canada. There will be two keynote speakers discussing very current counterfeiting issues that society is facing right now:


  • Cannabis & Authentification - Brad Elrod, President, Secure Concepts
  • NAFTA - Travis Johnston, IACC

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 8:00am - 11:00am
Hotel Novotel Toronto North York - Stage Meeting Room,
3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2N 6L3

CLICK HERE to sign up to attend this AGM (registration is free). If you are unable to attend, please send a colleague from your organization on your behalf. See meeting details.

Combatting a Tsunami of Counterfeit, Piracy and Fraud: Protecting the Health, Safety, and the Economy of Canada
On October 17th 2017, The CACN, INTA and the Canadian intellectual Property Council held a lunch reception at the Rideau Club on “Combating a Tsunami of Counterfeits, Piracy and Fraud: Protecting the Health, Safety, and Economy of Canada.” Delegates from government, law enforcement and industry learned about the real-world effects of counterfeiting and piracy. Those in attendance also learned about the positive role a Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Centre would take in combating these effects. Canadian companies also provided insight on the impact of counterfeiting and piracy on Canadian public safety, jobs and the economy

CACN, Canadian Intellectual Property Council, and Canada Goose Reach out to Governments
As part of the current NAFTA negotiations, CACN, Canadian Intellectual Property Council & Canada Goose sent a request to the Governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico to commit to a new unified and coordinated approach to combating the growing threat of Counterfeits, Piracy and Fraud. This includes enhanced federal standards, cooperation and enforcement measures against counterfeit and pirated goods with the establishment of a new Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Centre. Initiatives like this one fall under the CACN government outreach mandate. 

22nd Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference

Attend this conference and learn about: Cannabis and the Upcoming Challenges; Data Breaches and Fraud; IT related Frauds; Working with the Border; Money Laundering; Online Frauds and Product Identification for Counterfeits. Attendance is free for law enforcement and government personnel. This conference follows the CACN Annual General Meeting.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 6 - Friday, December 8, 2017
Hotel Novotel Toronto North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2N 6L3

CLICK HERE to register for the conference. 
To view full agenda,
click here.

Industry News
Faking it
The global trade in counterfeit goods—everything from power adapters to airplane parts to opioids—is worth $460 billion. And more and more, these dangerous products are finding their way into mainstream stores across Canada. Yet, the federal government seems unable or unwilling to stop the flowRead more

Canada Introduces Reporting Mechanism for Dangerous Counterfeit Goods, Helping Rights Holders Protect their Brands at the Border
, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal organization responsible for policing Canada’s borders, issued a Customs Notice (CN17-27) to advise the public and rights holders that its 24/7 “Border Watch” hotline now accepts information, or tips, on “dangerous” counterfeit goods or pirated copies that are destined for Canada. Read more

New Tricks Needed to Stop the €45 Billion Counterfeit Smartphone Market
Mobile phones are one of the most trafficked goods in the electronics counterfeit market. According to a recent study by OECD, approximately one in five, that is about 19% of mobile handsets sold in the world, are counterfeits and the number has been growing in recent years, says Magnus Moller Petersen is EVP of Sales and Marketing at Sicap
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Ontario Private Member's Bill Seeks to Crack Down on Illegal Opioid Pill Presses

An Ontario bill that would jail or slap large fines on people using pill presses illegally to make counterfeit opioids has passed a key hurdle.The Progressive Conservative private member’s bill that passed second reading Thursday would fine anyone — besides pharmacists — using or possessing such machines up to $200,000 or send them to jail for up to six months. Read more

Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market to Soar 14 % Growth Rate “Top Company Profiles, Global Forecast and Future Trends”
Anti-counterfeit packaging market size will grow from USD 107.26 Billion in 2016 to USD 206.57 Billion by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 14.0%. Pharmaceutical & healthcare of the end-use sector is projected to be the fastest-growing segment in the anti-counterfeit packaging market during the forecast period, to prevent the counterfeiting of medicines and healthcare products
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eBay Takes a Small Step Toward Fixing the Internet's Huge Counterfeit Problem
The internet has made it easier to sell counterfeit or fake goods. In fact, trade in counterfeit and pirated goods has grown from $250 billion annually in 2008 to $461 billion in 2013, according to a 2015 report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In fact, the international organization that promotes economic development estimated that fake goods make up more than 2.5% of all world trade. Read more
Amazon and eBay Opened Pandora's Box of Chinese Counterfeits and Now Don't Know What to do
A few years ago in California, a professional cartoonist, a designer of golf putters, a surfer, and a self-professed geek got together and formed a company. No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke, it’s the very real story of four guys and one good idea — a story of grassroots entrepreneurship and the struggle of the little guy against the tides of global e-commerce.
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Jail Time Given to Man Selling Counterfeit Airbags
Vitaliy Fedorchuk, 28, of Antelope, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to one year and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine for an international scheme to sell counterfeit airbags via eBay and other internet sales sites, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. Read more
Canon is Fighting the War on Counterfeit Goods
When you think of black market goods, you typically think of drugs, guns, and other illicit products. You probably don’t think of camera accessories, specifically power accessories such as batteries, chargers, and even external flashes. And yet there is a criminal and lucrative trade in just that—one that photographers may not even be aware of. 
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Why Kicking Out Counterfeit Crooks on Instagram is so Important
The luxury online retail market is estimated to reach $41.88 billion by 2019, according to Bain & Company. It’s impressive, but just a fraction of the booming business of the $461 billion global counterfeit goods market funding large-scale criminal operations. Stroppa’s investigation explains how exploitative practices force women and children to work in inhumane conditions, in turn powering illegal gangs, dictatorships and global terrorism. Read more

Counterfeit Gold Found in Royal Canadian Mint Package
Ottawa jeweler Samuel Tang bought what he thought was a genuine 1 oz, .9999 fine gold wafer from his local branch of the Royal Bank of Canada on October 18. At first glance, he had no reason to suspect anything was amiss; the wafer seemed to feature all the right marks and stamps and besides, it was in a sealed Royal Canadian Mint package. Read more