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December 16, 2022
Branding in the Metaverse: The Rise in NFT Trademark Applications and Best Practices to Protect your Brand
The Anti-Counterfeiting Committee is excited to bring to UnscrIPted a series of articles related to the evolving digital landscape, highlighting non-fungible tokens (NFTs), new mobile and web-based applications, branding in the metaverse and artificial intelligence. To read our last article in the series, which provided an introduction to NFTs and the counterfeit implications of the Metaverse, click here.
June 3, 2022
Non-Fungible Tokens, Record-Breaking Applications & the Counterfeit Implications of the Metaverse: Part 1
The Anti-Counterfeiting Committee is excited to bring UnscrIPted a series of articles related to the evolving digital landscape, highlighting non-fungible tokens (NFTs), new mobile and web-based applications, branding in the metaverse and artificial intelligence. NFTs: the Basics: An NFT can be described as a piece of digital content that is linked to the Ethereum blockchain. An NFT can be any digital asset, a unique way to represent art, collectibles, drawings, and anything else that requires provable ownership. NFTs can only have one owner at a time and are not interchangeable for other items as each NFT has unique properties. Simply put, no two NFTs are the same...
March 17, 2022
CBSA’s Request for Assistance Program: 2021 Update
The Request for Assistance (RFA) program, administered by CBSA, is designed to assist with detection and detention of suspect counterfeit and pirated goods at the border, and empower rights holders to take action against importers of such goods. To enroll, rights holders must file an application with CBSA that identifies the copyrights, or registered trademarks or geographical indications of concern (which list can be updated as new rights arise). RFAs are valid for two years once approved and are renewable for subsequent successive two-year periods. The program has been in place since 2015. There is currently no government fee to apply.
June 25, 2021
Dropshipping: A Gateway for the Sale of Counterfeit Goods
Earlier this year, we discussed various strategies employed by bad actors using social media platforms to sell and distribute counterfeit goods and evade enforcement, including live selling and hidden links. In addition to these strategies, recent trends show that for individuals and criminal networks, dropshipping has also become a popular method for counterfeiters and their willing (and unwitting) enablers. Dropshipping involves shipping goods from a manufacturer or wholesaler directly to a customer instead of to the retailer who took the order. Similar to the live selling and hidden links trends, dropshipping is not a new activity. However, the rise of social media and the ability for consumers to shop directly on particular platforms has boosted the popularity of this business model.
March 19, 2021
Anti-Counterfeiting Committee releases White Paper on CBSA/Request for Assistance Program
On December 17, 2020, IPIC submitted a White Paper to Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair concerning the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Request for Assistance (RFA) program. The White Paper, drafted by the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, discusses the successes and limitations of the RFA program, and recommends solutions to make the program more responsive and less burdensome for all stakeholders, including government agencies, brand owners, and individual border officers.
March 12, 2021
Live Selling, Hidden Links, and the Everchanging Counterfeit Landscape
As brand owners continue to navigate online space, bad actors aim to capitalize on the ability to manipulate platforms, algorithms, and consumers through deceptive practices. Online platforms continue to implement procedures and tools for rights owners to proactively combat the sale of infringing and counterfeit merchandise. These tools can assist, however, there are certain activities and trends that are not as easily detected as a hashtag or stock image. Bad actors are creating new strategies to promote and sell counterfeit goods while strategically evading enforcement. There are a handful of new trends to be mindful of as consumers continue to spend a significant amount of their time scrolling and shopping online.
October 15, 2020
Understanding The Canada Border Services' Request For Assistance Program - Part 2: One Click & Ship
Earlier this year, we provided an overview of the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Request for Assistance Program. The program provides an opportunity for owners of registered Canadian trademarks and copyrights to record those rights with the CBSA to prevent importation and distribution of counterfeit goods in Canada. The CBSA identifies shipments of all sizes and regardless of quantities ordered as part of the program. One shipment can play a pivotal role in uncovering information pertaining to larger networks and suppliers in the counterfeit trade.
May 21, 2020
The COVID-19 Impact on Brand Owners and a Changing Counterfeit Space
Global companies are pivoting production lines to help address an increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE) in Canada. These efforts exemplify integrity and willingness to work towards a greater good. However, there has been no shortage of bad actors looking to profit in this crisis.
February 5, 2020
Understanding the Canada Border Services' Request for Assistance Program - Part 1
When developing strategies to address counterfeit goods, a great place to start is the border. Curbing the importation of counterfeits is vital in the fight to keep consumers safe from dangerous products. In 2015, Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA) introduced the Request for Assistance (RFA) program - read on to learn more.
May 11, 2018
Statement of IPIC re RFA Program
In January 2015, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) introduced the Request for Assistance (RFA) Program as part of an effort to crack-down on counterfeits crossing Canadian borders, to allow Intellectual Property Rights Holders the opportunity to institute legal action against any importer found through the program, and the ability to arrange for destruction of counterfeit products in a timely manner.