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World Anti-Counterfeiting Day – BASCAP / U.S. IPR Center Webinar

Today is World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.

To commemorate this day, the International Chamber of Commerce, (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and the U.S. National IPR Center presented a very informative webinar in which they discussed anti-counterfeiting efforts worldwide in this COVID-19 era.

The speakers included:

  • Michael Ellis (moderator), CEO and Founder of Ellis and Associates Ltd, and ICC BASCAP consultant, and our expert speakers:
  • Steve K. Francis, Assistant Director, HSI Global Trade Investigations Division; Director, National IPR Coordination Center
  • Lora Moffat, Head of Intellectual Property, Chanel, Inc
  • Patricia A. Rossiter, Supervisory Special Agent, Unit Chief (UC) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Unit
  • Susan Thomas, Assistant Director, Trade Enforcement, National Targeting Center – Cargo Division, Office of Field Operations, CBP.

A recording of this webinar will be made available to the public soon by visiting ICC/BASCAP website. But, to give you an idea of the depth of the content, Steve Francis presented one of the anti-counterfeiting investigative initiatives (and impressive results so far) coming from the collaborative efforts of National IPR Center members in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Operation Stolen Promise

The webinar runs for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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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.

1 comment on “World Anti-Counterfeiting Day – BASCAP / U.S. IPR Center Webinar

  1. Thomas Manley

    Excellent Blog Ronald
    Keep up the Good Work
    Thomas Manley
    Special Agent FBI- Retired

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