The 21st Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference took place in Toronto between November 30th and December 2nd, 2016 at the Novotel Hotel North York. The conference, which was once again hosted by Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP years, addressed pertinent issues relating to intellectual property rights not only as they relate to Canada, but also internationally. Over 185 registrants networked and participated.
In attendance were various levels of law enforcement including members of Toronto Police, RCMP, Homeland Security Investigations, and various intellectual property rights owners. There were leading representatives from organizations such as the International Trademark Association, The International Anti-Counterfeiting Association, The Ukraine Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, Imaging Supplies Coalition, Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group and the Canadian Intellectual Property Council. Topics involved representatives from across North America, Mexico, the UK and the EU, including those from Canada Revenue Agency, FINTRAC, The Anti-Fraud Centre, The Bank of Canada and Embassies of France and Italy and US Consulate.
This year’s conference represented varying expert perspectives on anti-counterfeiting, brand protection technology, destruction of counterfeits technology, civil and law enforcement strategies, insight on methods to combat counterfeits across borders and updates on current information. With an emphasis on detection and effective strategies through collective efforts, the conference also provided an opportunity for law enforcement to be trained in counterfeit detection and familiarize themselves with the range of products that can be counterfeited and the new methods infringers are using in order to penetrate the market