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The Counterfeiter Hall of Shame – Pt 2: CASE STUDY

In this month’s Brand Protection Professional (BPP) issue, a case study titled, “Combating Counterfeit Medical Devices,” details the backstory of not only the charges made against the Florida woman I discussed in my previous post, but the brand’s aggressive scouring of nine countries in global pursuit of the counterfeiters.

The investigation started with a physician who recognized the deficiency of the mesh-pad while conducting brain surgery in a U.S. hospital operating room, that eventually led to not only the UAE, but a sordid apartment in Delhi where thousands of counterfeit packages were being put together.

This case study was written by Roy Albiani, Global Brand Protection/Medical Devices director for Johnson and Johnson–parent company of the surgical pad manufacturer.


He provides a step-by-step investigative/enforcement journey from the hospital’s initial complaint:

  • to the brand’s analysis of the counterfeit
  • to the assembly of an international brand protection pursuit team
  • to aggressive civil enforcement and discovery
  • to identifying other countries around the world selling the counterfeits
  • to criminal prosecutions

This case study is a MUST read.

*Roy Albiani was the recipient of the Michigan State University, Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) “2020 Brand Protection Hero Award.”

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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 “The Counterfeiter Hall of Shame – Pt 2: CASE STUDY


    Masterful work Ronald
    I will pass this on to may colleagues
    Thank You
    Tom Manley
    Special agent FBI – Retired

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