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IP Fridays.com Podcast Interview re: FBI Activities in Intellectual Property – FBI’s Intellectual Property Rights Unit

Yesterday, IPFridays.com, posted a podcast interview with FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Eric M. Proudfoot:

SSA Proudfoot is the Acting Unit Chief for the FBI Intellectual Property Rights Unit and FBI representative to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center in Crystal City, Virginia.

FBI Activities in Intellectual Property – Interview with FBI’s Intellectual Property Rights Unit – EU Copyright – BREXIT – Episode 110 – IP Fridays

Notably, SSA Proudfoot was the lead investigator into allegations of trade secrets theft by a former Apple employee involved in their self-driving program.

IPR CENTER

The IPR Center is composed of twenty-five (25) U.S. federal agencies including the City of London Police, Europol, Interpol, Mexican Revenue Service, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Director of the IPR Center is Steve K. Francis, Assistant Director, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Global Trade Investigations Division.

The following recent seizure of counterfeits valued at 20 million (U.S.) is a terrific example of the IPR Center’s multi-agency/international coordination success:

Cartagena IP enforcement team’s counterfeit seizures exceed $20 million

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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 “IP Fridays.com Podcast Interview re: FBI Activities in Intellectual Property – FBI’s Intellectual Property Rights Unit

  1. Tom Manley

    Thank You Ron
    I enjoyed listening to the IP Friday Podcast of FBI Unit Chief
    Intellectual Property Unit Chief Eric Proudfoot
    Tom Manley
    Special Agent FBI – Retired

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