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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.

INVESTIGATIVE/ENFORCEMENT STEPS

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 / Protection writer and licensed private investigator in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. 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 published a number of articles on various investigative topics for PI Magazine. Ron is certified by the Interpol-International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC.) as a "Transnational and Organized Crime Intellectual Property (IP) Investigator."

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

  1. THOMAS MANLEY

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

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