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How to stop Counterfeits at the Canadian Border – Get With the Program! The RFA Program

How to stop Counterfeits at the Canadian Border – Get With the Program! The RFA Program

    • May 6, 2021
      12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

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Hear from Canadian Customs and a Senior Canadian practitioner on how the Border Enforcement Program implemented in Canada in 2015 has come a long way. This is about dispelling the myths and reviewing the increased success of the Request for Assistance (RFA) program in Canada.  Learn how brands can make this program even more effective.


Lorne M. Lipkus practices throughout Canada with a principal focus on protecting the intellectual property/capital of his clients. He customizes proactive and defensive solutions to combat the piracy, theft, and counterfeiting of IP. He actively litigates all manner of anti-counterfeiting/piracy cases, fraud/theft of confidential information, trade secrets, corporate opportunities and tangible property. Lorne has extensive experience obtaining and enforcing extraordinary remedies including, Anton Piller Orders, injunctions and other declaratory relief and has a proven track record working with law enforcement, customs, and other professionals extensively coordinating multi-country and border enforcement. He coordinates computer, domain name and Internet issues relating to anti-piracy counterfeiting enforcement.

Becky Illson-Skinner has been with the Canada Border Services Agency since 2007 and was promoted to a Senior Program Advisor in December 2019. In her various roles in the Agency, she was responsible for the CBSA’s implementation of Canada’s new border enforcement measures included in the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act. This new CBSA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Program launched in 2015. Since that time, Becky has seen Canada’s border enforcement measures expand to include geographical indications and in-transit goods and she has become the “go-to” resource for border related IPR issues.

Anna Lin has worked for the CBSA since 2005 and the Senior Program Officer for the Intellectual Property Rights program since July 2020. Anna brings functional field level perspective, acquired from 15 years of experience as a Border Services Officer at Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest and busiest airport. She has held numerous operational, administrative and corporate roles, including those of Subject Matter Expert (seizure enforcement) and Border Services Instructor. Her current focus is on ensuring that all facets of the IPR program are up to date and supporting the exploration of future enhancements.


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