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A well-loved Canadian pastry company got entangled in a PR crisis this week over accusations of perceived trademark enforcement overreach. While the marketing team gave a canny response on social media which appears to have quelled most of the outcry, evidence suggests that the negative impact could have a lasting effect on the brand. It is another reminder of the risks of trademark enforcement and how practitioners must tread carefully in the age of social media.
Canada’s proposed Child Health Protection Act is making its way through the country’s legislative process. Outlawing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, it could have a significant impact on the use of food and beverage trademarks. Although the bill exempts affected trademarks from cancellation through non-use, there are fears that it will create a new class of brands deemed to be “in limbo”.
Canada’s Combating Counterfeit Products Act is inching closer to reality, passing its third reading in Parliament late last week. Brian Isaac, partner at Smart & Biggar Fetherstonhaugh, has welcomed the move, noting: “While some concerns have been raised regarding the provisions of Bill C-8, reform of Canada’s anti-counterfeiting laws is overdue and the anti-counterfeiting community in Canada welcomes the apparent renewed interest in the issue by the government of Canada.”
On Friday the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-56) was introduced in Canada, its aim being to “protect Canadian consumers, Canadian manufacturers and retailers as well as the Canadian economy from the health and economic threats presented by counterfeit goods”. However, will comparisons with ACTA result in difficult passage for the act?
Much has been written about the growing anti-IP sentiment amongst consumers with demonstrations over ACTA and the outcry in the United States over anti-piracy legislation the most high-profile illustration of public discontent. A new study of Canadian consumers purports to reflect a very different picture so are Canadians more IP-friendly by nature or is the picture similar elsewhere, with the naysayers merely shouting louder than the supporters?
The Canadian Anti-counterfeiting Network released an executive update to its Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in Canada: A Road Map for Change yesterday, calling on the government to get tougher on IP crime. With Canada now boasting a majority government, the prospects for a more proactive approach to IP crime are improving.
Read Canada's newly published report on the extent of the counterfeiting problem and you would think that the Canadian police are so overwhelmed by fakes that they are about to give up the fight. In fact, the police might just be throwing a political football to the government as a way of asking for help but is this call for help going to fall on deaf ears?
The wheels at the Canadian IP Office are grinding forward - but they are moving at least. Long regarded as one of the most backward IP offices among its peers in the G8 countries, CIPO is now pushing for amendments to Canada's Trademarks Act. The goal, top officials recently told WTR, is accession to the Madrid Protocol and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademark.
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