In response to growing concerns about costs and risks associated with counterfeit imports, in October of 2007, Canada joined discussions with the U.S., Mexico, the EU, Switzerland, Japan, S. Korea and New Zealand to develop an international Anti-Counterfeiting and intellectual property rights Trade Agreement.

The proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would establish new global standards for the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) to more effectively combat trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

Proposed enforcement measures include:

  • International cooperation among enforcement agencies 
  • Criminal and civil enforcement legal framework 
  • Information technology related to internet distribution 
  • Border measures

The last meetings of formal negotiations took place in Paris, France December 15-17, 2008.

Additional information on the ACTA is available from International Trade Canada at: