Ron Alvarez is an IP Investigations Specialist. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art cases. As a private investigator Ron has investigated international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as conducting 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 is certified by the Interpol IP Crime Investigators College as a transnational and organized crime IP investigator. Ron is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, a fraternal network of senior law-enforcement FBI/NA graduates from all over the world. He has published a number of articles in PI Magazine, and is the creator of IP-PI Blog that addresses IP investigations and protection issues. ip-pi-blog.com

Are Brands Scammed Into Replacing Counterfeits of Their Products with Authentic Ones?

*Previously posted on IPPIBlog.com On November 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in the Southern District of California, announced the indictment of fourteen (14) individuals in an iPhone counterfeit scheme in which they imported counterfeit iPhones, and exchanged them for authentic phones at Apple stores throughout the U.S. Here’s a couple of quotes from the…

U.S. Educated Chinese Students–Abuse U.S. Temporary Work Program

*Previously posted on IPPIBlog.com On September 26, 2019, the Chicago Tribune published an article written by Todd Lightly titled, “How A Chicago college student ended up in the middle of an FBI investigation into Chinese spying.” The article is an excellent investigative report into how a former Chinese student was allegedly recruited by a Chinese intelligence officer to recruit…

Composition of a Chinese Trade Secrets Theft Enterprise: A Family Affair –UPDATE

*Previously posted on IPPIBlog.com In January 2016, U.S. federal prosecutors (Department of Justice-DOJ) in Pennsylvania indicted five people for allegedly stealing trade secrets from UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Two of the accused were scientists at GSK’s U.S. facility in Pennsylvania. A third was the twin-sister of one of the GSK scientists, and another was…

Professor Allegedly Steals Student’s Research/Trade Secrets–Is Blockchain Technology the Solution?

*Previously posted on IPPIBlog.com It was widely reported a few days ago that a pharmacy professor at the University of Missouri allegedly stole his gifted student’s research, sold it to a pharmaceutical company, and did not credit his student or the university with having made the discovery. The alleged misappropriation of the student’s research took…