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The Brand Protection Professional (BPP) is a publication of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP), a non-profit organization.

The BPP is a digital no-cost resource published each March, June, September, and December and contains features and articles authored by experts in and associated with the field of brand protection.

Expert contributors provide coverage on topics of interest to the brand protection professional, including strategy assessments, cutting-edge research, best practices, policy, legislative news, updates and analysis, case studies, and crucial trends.

Complementing this original content, each issue highlights other essential issues, resources, opportunities, and information of interest to the brand protection community.



We are looking to explore the challenges inherent in protecting brands of small and medium sized enterprises. Are you a BP practitioner with experience in this sector, who would like to share best practices along with the trials and tribulations involved in protecting SME brands? We’d like to hear from you and explore content contributions for the September edition of the BPP. There are numerous ways to participate: write an article or an entry for the Professional Pointers column, converse in A View from the Field, or answer a pending question in the BP Forum. Please send an inquiry to Leah Evert-Burks, Editor in Chief at for more information.

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Editorial Board

  • Saleem Alhabash
    Associate Professor
    Advertising and Public Relations,
    College of Communication Arts and Sciences, 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
    Industry Fellow and
    Editor in Chief
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
  • Sara Heeg
    Business Manager and
    Managing Editor
    A-CAPP Center, MSU
  • Jocelyn Tucker
    Communications Coordinator
    A-CAPP Center, MSU

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