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Introducing: “The Brand Protection Professional: A Practitioner’s Journal (BPP)”

In the current issue of The Brand Protection Professional: A Practitioner’s Journal (BPP), several of my IP protection colleagues including myself were given the opportunity to make a contribution to this journal’s, “BP Forum” column.

We were all asked to respond to the following question: “Reflecting on your career in law enforcement and specifically your work in enforcement, before or after, what do you think the most important lessons you learned are important for brand owners to learn?”

My fellow contributors were Michael Lemieux and Brett Millar, (FBI retired), respectively, as well as William Ryan who is retired from the NYPD, as I am.

Our replies are in the attached link:

BP Forum VOL3N3

The following description of BPP’s objective was extracted from this current issue:

“The Brand Protection Professional: A Practitioner’s Journal (BPP) is a quarterly resource dedicated to reporting on brand protection issues, research and professional information for in-house brand protection practitioners. The BPP aims to advance brand protection through the establishment of an accessible, comprehensive forum containing essential information for the brand protection community.”

The Brand Protection Professional: A Practitioner’s Journal (BPP), is a Michigan State University (MSU) Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) Center initiative.

Here is a brief summary of what you will find in the current issue as presented on the MSU A-CAPP, LinkedIn page:

Other articles include…
…Jak Cluness with Professional Pointers on Building Collaborative Brand Protection Strategy with Licensors
…how the Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council Taps the Power of Collaboration
…how the new IPR Center Director Seeks to Expand the Center’s Footprint Through New Capabilities and Partnerships
Junqi Hang and Yu Zhang on how new legislation in China Allows for Broader and Deeper Trade-Secret Protection
John Zacharia on how The Supreme Court Made Restitution Harder for Brand Owners—and What Brand Owners Can Do About It
Ron Alvarez, Michael LeMieux, CFE, Brett Millar, and William Ryan in the BP Forum on lessons they learned in law enforcement for brand owners
Andrew Love with A View from the Field on burning questions for brand protection professionals
…In the Headlines / What to Watch on recent stories in brand protection
…our Temperature Test on 3D printing
…our Bulletin on events and resources Many thanks to all our contributors!

This article was first published in the Ninth Edition, Volume 3, Number 3 of  The Brand Protection Professional (BPP) on 20 September 2018.

I highly recommend all my readers subscribe to BPP. It is a resource that IP protection professionals will no doubt benefit from.
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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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