Combating Counterfeit Products (Intellectual Property Rights)

About the program

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) supports the fight against counterfeit and pirated goods entering or leaving Canada.

The Agency has established a process that allows intellectual property rights (IPR) rights holders/owners to file a request asking for the CBSA to temporarily detain suspected counterfeit and/or pirated goods encountered at the border while rights holders/owners seek legal redress.

As a Canadian trademark or geographical indication rights holder/owner registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), you are eligible to file a Request for Assistance (RFA) application with the CBSA. RFAs will help the CBSA to effectively identify and detain commercial shipments suspected of containing counterfeit trademark goods. 

As a rights holder/owner of a valid Canadian copyright, you are eligible to file an RFA application with the CBSA. RFAs will help the CBSA to effectively identify and detain commercial shipments suspected of containing pirated copyright goods.

If suspect counterfeit and/or pirated goods are discovered during a commercial examination, the CBSA can use the information contained in the RFA application to contact the appropriate rights holders/owners and inform them of the details they need to allow them to pursue a civil court action.

How the program works

Note: By filing a RFA you acknowledge that you become liable to the government for any costs related to storage, handling and destruction of detained goods that arise, beginning the day after a notice of detention is sent to you. You can often minimize these costs by responding promptly to CBSA and advising:

Contact information

If you have any questions about the RFA application process, send your enquiries to cbsa-asfc_ipr-dpi@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

Information (Intel) about a Suspected Counterfeit or Pirated Goods Shipment Provided by Rights Holders/Owners to the CBSA

If a rights holder/owner would like to provide the CBSA with information about a dangerous goods shipment that they suspect is counterfeit and/or pirated, they can contact the Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060 within the United States and Canada.

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