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Stephanie Vaccari has extensive trade secret litigation and prosecution experience.  Stephanie has participated in a variety of complex lawsuits dealing with, among others, breach of confidentiality, trade mark and copyright infringement, grey market and counterfeit goods,  patent infringement and validity, Internet issues, licensing issues, unfair competition and passing off.  She has also assisted large multinational clients, including those in the technology, confectionery, pharmaceutical and fashion industries, with their worldwide trade mark portfolios, protecting their brands and preventing sales of unlawful products into Canada and other jurisdictions.  In addition to her practice, Stephanie serves as co-chair of Baker McKenzie’s Toronto Women’s Networking Group (where she has been recognized as a woman “who has made significant achievements advancing women and promoting gender equality” (International Women’s Day, March 2012)) and is spearheading the Toronto office’s Luxury and Fashion Group.

The distribution and sale of counterfeit goods in Canada, such as counterfeit banknotes, pharmaceutical products and luxury items, has been a growing threat impacting Canadian businesses and consumers.  This prompted the introduction of Bill C-8, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act  (the “Act”), which received Royal Assent on December 9, 2014.  The Act aims to reduce the sale of counterfeit goods and bring Canada in line with international standards in trying to stop counterfeit products from crossing international borders.
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In Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe (2014 FC 161), Voltage, a film company in the United States, demanded that TekSavvy, an Internet provider, disclose the names of approximately 2000 subscribers which Voltage alleged infringed the copyright in its films, including its Oscar nominated film The Hurt Locker, so that it could presumably launch actions against these individuals.
Continue Reading Recent case on copyright enforcement seeks to balance copyright holders rights and privacy rights