Vice President, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement of Alibaba Group
Matthew Bassiur served as Vice President, Pfizer Global Security, and oversaw investigations, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, physical security and crisis management for the Americas Region, manages the worldwide Strategic Planning and Intelligence directorates, and served as deputy to Pfizer’s Chief Security Officer. In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Bassiur served as Senior Director, Americas Region, and Counsel for IPR Enforcement within the Global Security division of Apple Inc., where he oversaw complex investigations into thefts, frauds, leaks, threats and cyber-related crimes, as well as developed and implemented Apple’s worldwide civil, criminal, and administrative anti-counterfeiting program. Mr. Bassiur recruited and supervised a large team of professionals including former prosecutors, federal agents, police officers, anti-counterfeiting attorneys, brand protection specialists and analysts. Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Bassiur was a federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In that position, he prosecuted large-scale, multijurisdictional IP crimes – including those involving counterfeit pharmaceuticals, personal hygiene products, motion pictures, luxury goods, counterfeit business software, music recordings, electronic games, and products that affect the environment – and coordinated international IP enforcement training for judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other governmental agencies. During his tenure with DOJ, Mr. Bassiur also served as the Intellectual Property Liaison to Industry, serving as a contact and resource for IPR holders on federal, state, and local criminal referral matters, organizing victim training conferences across the United States, and meeting with senior representatives of companies and associations to discuss counterfeiting trends and areas of focus. In 2008, Mr. Bassiur received and completed a United States Fulbright Scholarship to teach Intellectual Property law at Renmin University in Beijing, China. In 2007, he was the recipient of the United States Chamber of Commerce Award for Distinguished Service as a Federal Government Official for his work in the field of IP investigations, prosecutions, education and outreach. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Bassiur served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office (Manhattan DA). In addition to prosecuting the regular flow of criminal cases into the trial division, he conducted long-term investigations into both Asian organized crime and New York City’s thriving trademark counterfeiting industry. As part of the Asian Gang Unit, he prosecuted several Chinese gangs engaged in violent commercial extortions and conspiracies. In October 2003, Mr. Bassiur was appointed chief of his bureau’s Trademark Counterfeit Unit, which specialized in the prosecution of IP crimes, where he supervised several assistant district attorneys in all aspects of their investigation and prosecution of these cases. Mr. Bassiur earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
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