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William Mansfield is the director of intellectual property for ABRO Industries, Inc. headquartered in South Bend, Indiana. ABRO exports a wide variety of household, automotive and light industrial goods such as glues, tapes and oils from the United States under the ABRO brand to individuals in developing nations worldwide. While virtually unknown in Western Europe and the United States, ABRO is a major brand name in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Kosovo. As director of intellectual property, Mr. Mansfield is in charge of protecting the over 2,000 trademarks ABRO has registered in over 175 countries. Mr. Mansfield has himself traveled to 55 foreign countries and handled matters in over 160. This involves coordinating the actions of attorneys, investigators, and government officials on six co ntinents (and he is hoping for a case in Antarctica to arise one day as well). Mr. Mansfield earned his juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law and also has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Purdue University. He is currently completing an master of business administration degree at Indiana University. He has been in the field of intellectual property protection for over 20 years, first as an undercover investigator and then as an attorney. He previously served with the U.S. Army in both active and reserve capacities and is currently on the board of the United States Selective Service System. His pro bono work mostly involves the subject of human trafficking. Zvi S. Rosen is the assistant chief counsel for the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy. He joined the Office of Advocacy from the George Washington University School of Law, where he continues to teach a course in trademark law as a visiting scholar and professorial lecturer in law. Prior to that he served as the Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office, and before that he was a visiting assistant professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He has practiced in law firm settings ranging from major international firms to solo practice and holds an master of law degree in intellectual property from George Washington as well as a juris doctor from Northwestern. MEET OUR STUDENTS Alina Dewgard is a junior majoring in criminal justice and psychology. During her second semester interning with the center, she is researching emerging trends in pharmaceutical counterfeiting, with a focus on developing manufacturer practices and recently proposed regulations. Her goal is to use the information she has acquired to provide people in varying geographical locations strategies that can be implemented to safely obtain the products and pharmaceuticals they need. Additionally, she is working with the center’s MSU partner, Licensing, on game day enforcement of counterfeit merchandise on the campus of MSU. Bradley Harrah is a juris doctor candidate, expected 2021. Now in this second semester with the center, he is researching how intellectual property laws and brand protection strategies apply differently to small businesses. The goal is to promote brand protection earlier in the business life cycle, in efforts to limit the exposure of businesses to counterfeiting activities. Additionally, Brad is developing a resource guide geared towards small and medium sized enterprises that will help these growing businesses better understand the importance of brand protection and give them an introduction to trademark law. Daniel Cermak is a juris doctorate candidate, expected 2020, and in his second semester as a legal extern with the center. Dan is researching international intellectual property laws for use in A-CAPP Center's Professional Certificate in Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Courses to provide an overview of different intellectual property regulations around the world. Emily Osika is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in political economy. She is the first recipient of the center’s Matthew Ronald Maher Scholarship in 2018-2019 and is going into her fifth semester researching as an center intern. During the summer of 2019, Emily interned at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRI), which is a non-for-profit and international-based research institute located in Cape Town, South Africa. She participated in qualitative data analysis involving the implementation and evaluation of social protection programs across the global south. She will be graduating in December of 2019. 18