Brand Protection Stories Podcast

June 7, 2021

On the Federal Helmet Case: Selling Counterfeit Bicycle Helmets

Andrew Love, the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” of the bicycling world, takes us through the Federal Helmet Case – a precedent setting counterfeiting case prosecuted by the Kentucky Assistant US Attorney’s office through coordination of the National Intellectual Property Rights Center. This eBay counterfeit seller put hundreds of cyclists’ lives at risk, many of whom Andrew reached out personally to warn. The investigation on this case started rolling when Andrew identified counterfeit Specialized helmets while on his “patrol routes” online seeking out criminals and protecting consumers.

Andrew Love

Andrew Love of Specialized Bicycles heads up the Brand Security/Investigations team. A department he created in 2008 and now leads 14 members. In his career with Specialized, Andrew has overseen seizures of over 2 million dollars from counterfeiters, taking down online listings valued @ over 32 million, a year; averaging 69 takedowns a day. In the last 2 years, cases Andrew has investigated have resulted in 18 arrests in the U.S., Spain, Italy, Colombia and Thailand. 

Andrew is a frequent speaker at anti-counterfeiting events, has been interviewed by major media outlets, and has testified in front of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on counterfeiting legislation in 2019 and 2020. Andrew has been a guest speaker at Europol, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), Consero and IQPC anti-counterfeit forums. He has presented at the National Intellectual Property Rights Center international law enforcement trainings held in Mexico and Columbia, and served as faculty at the National Advocacy for Department of Justice training facility. He also writes for A-CAPP’s Brand Protection Professional, leading the conversations in the column “A View from the Field.”

Andrew Love has been referred to by the NY Times as ‘The cycling industry’s leading anti-counterfeiting crusader’ and by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News as ‘the industry’s Dog the Bounty Hunter.’  In addition to being an avid cyclist, Andrew competed in two Olympic trials in long track speed skating and is the 3 times masters world sprint champion in that sport.

Andrew holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Masters of Fine Arts, English from Colorado State University.