Reminder to Members to File Request for Assistance Form

 

CACN would like to remind members to submit a Request for Assistance Application to the Canadian Bord Services Agency (CBSA). The application is valid for 2 years. Below is information taken from the CBSA Website.

How the program works

  • Step 1: Ensure that your trademark is registered with CIPO and your information is up to date.
  • Step 2: Complete the RFA form  and submit it to the CBSA for processing.
  • Step 3: Wait for confirmation of enrollment and approval letter outlining program specific details.
  • Step 4: Once approved, if suspected counterfeit goods are intercepted by the CBSA, you will be notified and given the opportunity to take  appropriate action.
  • Step 5: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be responsible for leading any criminal investigations related to commercial scale counterfeiting and piracy.
Note: By filing an 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 or avoid these costs by responding promptly to CBSA and advising:
  • (1) the goods are not counterfeit or pirated, or
  • (2) you choose not to launch an action for this shipment.”
For more information, visit CACN’s website,  or enquires can be sent directly to the CBSA at cbsa-asfc_ipr-dpi@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
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