• A First Concrete Step in Combating Counterfeiting
  • April 19, 2013 | Author: Marie-Hélène Giroux
  • Law Firm: Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P. - Montreal Office
  • The production and circulation of counterfeit products have been an economic and social problem for some time. Not only can such products pose a safety risk to consumers who use them, counterfeit products also lead to considerable lost income for legitimate businesses, decrease consumer confidence in the marketplace and are often used to finance organized crime. The retail value of counterfeit goods seized by the RCMP increased from $7.6 million in 2005 to $38 million in 2012. Although it is generally considered imperative to set up means of eradicating this problem, Canada’s current legal system does not provide the necessary tools to do so.