Marginal note:Proceedings for detention by Minister
53.1 (1) Where a court is satisfied, on application by the owner of a registered trademark, that any goods to which the registered trademark or a trademark that is confusing with the registered trademark has been applied are about to be imported into Canada or have been imported into Canada but have not yet been released, and that the distribution of the goods in Canada would be contrary to this Act, the court may make an order
(a) directing the Minister to take reasonable measures, on the basis of information reasonably required by the Minister and provided by the applicant, to detain the goods;
(b) directing the Minister to notify the applicant and the owner or importer of the goods, forthwith after detaining them, of the detention and the reasons therefor; and
(c) providing for such other matters as the court considers appropriate.
Marginal note:How application made
(2) An application referred to in subsection (1) may be made in an action or otherwise, and either on notice or ex parte, except that it must always be made on notice to the Minister.
Marginal note:Court may require security
(3) Before making an order under subsection (1), the court may require the applicant to furnish security, in an amount fixed by the court,
(a) to cover duties, storage and handling charges, and any other amount that may become chargeable against the goods; and
(b) to answer any damages that may by reason of the order be sustained by the owner, importer or consignee of the goods.
Marginal note:Application for directions
(4) The Minister may apply to the court for directions in implementing an order made under subsection (1).
Marginal note:Minister may allow inspection
(5) The Minister may give the applicant or the importer of the detained goods an opportunity to inspect them for the purpose of substantiating or refuting, as the case may be, the applicant’s claim.
Marginal note:Where applicant fails to commence an action
(6) Unless an order made under subsection (1) provides otherwise, the Minister shall, subject to the Customs Act and to any other Act of Parliament that prohibits, controls or regulates the importation or exportation of goods, release the goods without further notice to the applicant if, two weeks after the applicant has been notified under paragraph (1)(b), the Minister has not been notified that an action has been commenced for a final determination by the court of the legality of the importation or distribution of the goods.
Marginal note:Where court finds in plaintiff’s favour
(7) Where, in an action commenced under this section, the court finds that the importation is or the distribution would be contrary to this Act, the court may make any order that it considers appropriate in the circumstances, including an order that the goods be destroyed or exported, or that they be delivered up to the plaintiff as the plaintiff’s property absolutely.
- 1993, c. 44, s. 234
- 2014, c. 20, s. 361(E), c. 32, s. 53
- 2018, c. 23, s. 18
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