WHO: Stephen Ward, vice president, East Coast USA, Pinkerton, has over 20 years of investigative experience on over 16,000 cases around the world involving complex money laundering, computer data manipulation and counterfeit interdiction. He frequently speaks at conferences around the country on online brand protection and anti-counterfeiting measures for businesses. WHAT: The advancement of technology and online marketplaces has opened new vulnerabilities to businesses and consumers, including fraud, counterfeiting and online brand protection. These vulnerabilities require new strategies to combat fraud. Stephen is available to comment about:
- Trends and rise in counterfeiting and how it affects local and national businesses.
- The latest tactics and trends for companies to protect their proprietary rights in online marketplaces and on social media.
- Computer forensic investigations, trademark clearance and infringement investigations, corporate intelligence and counterfeit interdiction.
WHY: Counterfeit goods cost the world economy approximately $650 billion annually, and illegal distribution continues to rise. As a result of new advances in technology, the increased prevalence of the Internet and social media, more companies and retailers are seeking ways to ensure their businesses are safe. WHEN: Stephen will be speaking at the Trademark Administrators & Practitioners in Arlington, Va., from Oct. 12–15, and will be available for comment.