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Review: Illicit Trade Monitor website (+AUDIO)

Review: Illicit Trade Monitor website – AUDIO –

I was reading an article in The Economist yesterday titled, “Counterfeiting and piracy: Stamping it out: As China grew richer and more innovative people assumed it would counterfeit less. Think again” (Published April 23, 2016)

Reading this article is part of my ongoing effort to understand what drives that counterfeiting anomaly: China.

Good article. But my point in bringing it up is not because of China in particular, but because of the source of the following intriguing quote, “Drug cartels in South America are starting to move towards the counterfeiting of consumer products because it is more lucrative, and there is no need for bribes or fast boats or planes.”

This quote was attributed to Hans Schwab, the founder of the Illicit Trade Monitor website.

Up until yesterday, I wasn’t aware of Hans Schwab or the Illicit Trade Monitor website, but I am glad I am now.

It is the most comprehensive and accessible website (I have come across to date) with information on the illicit and counterfeit trade.

Its motto is, “Increasing awareness of the global impact of Illicit Trade.”

Good motto, I think.

If you haven’t already been introduced to it, I highly recommend the website be fully explored.

The Illicit Trade Monitor is produced by Tech Trace SA

Comment Request:

I’d be interested to know what you think of the website. And if you have any website recommendations you think would be helpful to others in our industry, please let me know. I’d be happy to pass-it-on in a future post.

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

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