Bruce M. Foucart is an intellectual property rights enforcement professional with extensive U.S. federal law enforcement experience. Since transitioning to industry in 2017 after 31 years in federal law enforcement (U.S Customs Service and Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-ICE), he has worked as an anti-counterfeiting and IP protection and enforcement consultant, working for several companies and coalitions. He is the Deputy Director of the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), which is part of the International Chamber of Commerce. He regularly provides training to foreign law enforcement officials and is a fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (ACAPP).
Prior to this, Mr. Foucart was the Director of the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (USIPRC) from 2014-2016, which is located in Arlington, VA. The USIPRC operates as a task force of 23 federal and international law enforcement and regulatory partner agencies including HSI, the FBI, CBP, Interpol and Europol who together, stand at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property theft. As Director, Mr. Foucart promoted coordination and communication between government agencies and the private sector that brought together key domestic and foreign investigative agencies to efficiently and effectively leverage resources, skills, and authorities to provide a comprehensive response to trade fraud and IP theft. As Director of the USIPRC, Mr. Foucart collaboratively partnered with many international organizations including WIPO, the WCO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, INTA and the IACC.
Mr. Foucart is a huge advocate of educating consumers and the public about the health and safety concerns of buying and using counterfeit products as well as the support of criminal organizations behind counterfeiting. “Creating awareness of the counterfeiting problem is the responsibility of everyone involved said new Deputy Director Foucart. Everyone has to do their part including government agencies, brands, advertisers and of course anti-counterfeiting coalitions like BASCAP.”
Prior to joining the IPR Center, Mr. Foucart held a number of US federal law enforcement positions including Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Office, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
He is a graduate of Boston University where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Criminal Justice Administration degrees. He is married with 2 grown children and lives in a suburb of Boston, MA.