Bill Ross currently serves as a senior advisor to the director of the National IPR Center in Arlington, VA. In this role, Mr. Ross provides technical and strategic guidance to IPR Center senior managers and staff on questions relating to IPRC operations, partner engagement and strategic planning. Mr. Ross retired from government service in December 2018 as the HSI Deputy Director at the National IPR Center after over 31 years investigative and management experience with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and its legacy agency U.S. Customs Service. Prior to that assignment, Mr. Ross served in several senior management positions for HSI in the areas of information management, asset forfeiture and technical operations. Mr. Ross’ first assignment at HSI Headquarters was as a unit chief at the National IPR Center overseeing both the IP and global outreach and training units. Prior to his assignment to HSI Headquarters, Mr. Ross served for four years as a section chief at the ICE Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia with oversight of the basic training program of all HSI Special Agents. Mr. Ross began his career as a US Customs Service Special Agent, serving for twenty years in the Charleston, SC area conducting criminal investigations involving intellectual property, commercial fraud, money laundering, narcotics smuggling, counter-proliferation and anti-terrorism.
Recent Events and Presentations
Using Data to Fight Counterfeiting in E-commerce
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a video webinar to discuss the role of data and AI to counter the growing threat from global counterfeiting networks.