ICC met with High Commissioner for Canada and others to press for IP protection in Canada EU FTA, London, 12 January 2012.
Representatives of the International Chamber of Commerce's Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, met with key officials from the Canadian government and European Commission to discuss counterfeiting issues in Canada and the content of the IP Chapter of the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement during a dinner debate organized in collaboration with the City of London and Gowlings.
Senior business representatives highlighted concerns over the enforcement of IP rights in Canada – from pharmaceuticals to tobacco products to digital piracy. More specifically, there has been concern about copyright legislation in Canada, the lack of sufficient authority by customs officials to make ex-officio seizures at the border, and limited resources for strengthening enforcement efforts.
“We have seen EU FTAs with Korea and others and are hopeful that the agreement with Canada will contain similarly strong provisions covering both IP protection standards and enforcement”, said Mr. David Benjamin, Senior Vice-President for Anti-Piracy at Universal Music and co-chair of the BASCAP Steering Committee. He also added “We have to be ambitious with Canada since Canada is a signatory party to the ACTA Agreement. Therefore, the agreement should establish high standards for IP protection and increased enforcement”.
ICC BASCAP shared with officials from the Canadian government and European Commission a few recommendations for inclusion in the agreement with respect to substantive standards concerning IP Protection and regarding IP enforcement.
As for the substantive standards of IP protection, BASCAP recommended the following:
With respect to IP Enforcement, ICC BASCAP recommended: