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Investigating Insider IP Theft

Joseph Alesia, senior counsel for the business integrity group at Nokia wrote an extremely informative article titled, “The enemy within: investigating insider IP Theft” published in FINANCIER WORLDWIDE MAGAZINE

Here are a few of his comments, “What most company stakeholders pay far less attention to, at their own peril, is the more insidious death by a thousand cuts – critically, valuable intellectual property (IP) theft committed by company insiders…

“Picture a threat equation where ‘threat = likelihood x vulnerability x impact’. The likelihood of an insider stealing, or attempting to steal, a company’s IP is very high.”

He divides his article into the following sections:

  • Investigative goals
  • Triage
  • Initial Steps
  • Interviews
  • Findings and recommendations, and
  • What you can do

And one final Alesia quote, “but a well-structured and executed investigation can best address and reduce the threat of insider IP theft by disrupting the impact factor.”

I could not agree with him more, and highly recommend you read his article word-for-word.

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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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