Earlier this month, Bill-C-8 (the Combating Counterfeit Products Act) was passed in the House of Commons and has proceeded to a second reading in the Senate.

While the Bill still has further to go in the legislative process, Canada is now a step closer to affording trademark and copyright owners additional options to tackle infringing goods in Canada, including by improving the prohibitions and offences concerning such goods and, introducing a form of Customs recordal/border measures.

While there are concerns regarding some of the provisions of the Bill, the proposed changes are generally welcomed by rights holders and practitioners alike and come not a moment too soon in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy in Canada.