Dear, Brand Protection Professionals:

In this edition of the BPP, we look at the ties, learnings and crossover motivations of “traditional” illicit crimes and counterfeiting. This theme emerged from the acknowledgement of the connection through President Biden’s inclusion of intellectual property crimes in his Executive Order announcing the establishment of the United States Council on Transnational Organized Crime. See Executive Order on Establishing the United States Council on Transnational Organized Crime

It may have been long understood by brand protection professionals that counterfeiting is a serious crime and in many transnational criminal networks, counterfeit goods act as currency for funding. But connections with illicit crimes are, finally, hitting other levels of industry and government sectors — but is such knowledge spreading into action? See Retailers Call on Congress to Fight Online Sales of Stolen and Counterfeit.

The content in this 23rd edition of the BPP covering this topic include:

And as in every edition, we offer

The BPP’s mission is to provide our readers with relevant material “to advance brand protection through the establishment of an accessible, comprehensive forum containing essential information for the brand protection community.” 

Please, always feel free to contact me directly at evertbur@msu.edu.

Leah Evert-Burks
Industry Outreach Lead and Editor in Chief
Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection
Michigan State University

THE BRAND PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL | MARCH 2022 | VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1
COPYRIGHT 2022 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Editorial Board

  • Saleem Alhabash
    Associate Professor
    Advertising and Public Relations
    College of Communication Arts & Sciences, MSU
  • Matt Daum
    Professor and Director,
    School of Packaging, MSU
  • Lisa Esposito
    Manager, Global Brand Protection Strategy & Risk Management, Johnson & Johnson
  • Leah Evert-Burks
    Editor in Chief and Industry Fellow
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
  • Carolina Gonzalez
    Illicit Trade Prevention Analyst U.S.
    Philip Morris International
  • Mike LeMieux
    Law Enforcement Fellow
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
    Principal Consultant, Whiteriver LLC
  • Tim Mohn
    Director, Global Brand Protection Strategy & Risk Management, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jeff Rojek
    Director
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
    Associate Professor
    School of Criminal Justice, MSU
  • Tara Steketee
    Director, Product Integrity
    Global Security Group
    Merck & Co., Inc.
  • John H. Zacharia
    Founder, Zacharia Law PLLC
    Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School

BPP Staff

  • Leah Evert-Burks
    Editor in Chief and Industry Fellow
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
  • Sara Heeg
    Managing Editor and Business Manager
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
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