CACN Webinar: Why You Should File a “Request for Assistance” (RFA) Form
Date(s) - 23/07/2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tips & Techniques: Why You Should File a “Request for Assistance” (RFA) Form
How to Complete the Form & Protect Your Brand
Thursday, July 23, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Counterfeit and pirated goods are a growing threat to the Canadian and global economy. These products undermine innovation, diminish brand integrity and threaten economic growth as well as the health and safety of Canadians. With the passage of Bill C-8: Canada’s Combating Counterfeit Products Act (CCPA) and related measures moving into full swing, it’s imperative for your organization to understand what the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) is doing to support this important Bill.
To help support business needs, CBSA has implemented a Request for Assistance (RFA) system — as an owner of a valid Canadian copyright or trademark , you are eligible to file an RFA application with the CBSA.
Did You Know?
- There is NO cost to file an RFA form. You can file directly online at
- With your file, CBSA can identify and detain commercial shipments suspected of containing counterfeit trademark goods for your brand(s).
- You can discontinue your RFA file at any time and you do not have to respond to a CBSA query if you choose not to.
- You can include relevant training documents and lists of authorized distributors/retailers with your RFA file for expedited service at customs.
- The risks associated with not filing a form can be significant! If your company does not file an RFA, suspected counterfeit/pirated products discovered during commercial examination, may not be detained/seized by CBSA.
Attend this Webinar and gain practical tips/techniques on how to file a Request for Assistance form. Take this guidance to the next stage and file a form for your company to protect your brand!
About the Speaker
Lorne Lipkus is a founding Partner at Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP. Lorne practices throughout Canada in the area of intellectual property litigation with a principle focus on end-to-end solutions for anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting enforcement. Lorne has filed a number of RFA files on behalf of his clients and continues to be at the forefront of many CBSA investigations for filed RFA cases.
This Webinar is brought to you by the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network.