Founder and President
Bruce M. Foucart is the founder and president of Foucart & Associates, Inc. and 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 for several companies and coalitions, including the Businesses Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), the International Trademark Association (INTA) and Ford Motor Company. He is also a law enforcement fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (ACAPP). Additionally, as part of a US Department of State contract, Bruce regularly provides anti-money laundering (AML) and trade based money laundering (TBML) training to international law enforcement. Mr Foucart also consultants on the writing of and television production of a law enforcement related crime series.
Prior to this, Mr. Foucart was the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination
Center, which is located in Arlington, VA. The IPR Center enter operates as a task force of 23 federal and international law enforcement and regulatory partner agencies who together stand at the forefront of the U.S. government response to global intellectual property theft. The IPR Center’s mission is to address the theft of innovation that threatens U.S. economic stability and national security, undermines the competitiveness of U.S. industry in world markets, and places the public’s health and safety at risk. The IPR Center promotes coordination and communication between government agencies and the private sector and brings 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.
In April 2016, Bruce testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled “Counterfeits and Their Impact on Consumer Health and Safety.” That same year in June, he testified before the United States Senate Finance Committee at a hearing titled “Challenges and Opportunities for US Businesses in the Digital Age”. In both of the hearings, Foucart testified to the importance of national and international coordination and information sharing in the fight against counterfeiters.
Prior to joining the IPR Center, Mr. Foucart was the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Office,
Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). From June of 2006 to July 2014 as the Special Agent in Charge Boston, his area of responsibility included the oversight of ICE criminal investigations within all of the New England States, including the United States Districts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. He was responsible for leading approximately 250 employees, including 190 special agents.
Prior to his post in Boston, from May 2004 until December 2005, Mr. Foucart was the Unit Chief of the Undercover Operations Unit at ICE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Foucart assumed this role in May 2004, following one-year as Section Chief, Undercover Operations that began in February 2003. Between January 1998 and February 2001, Mr. Foucart served as a senior special agent in the legacy U.S. Customs Service, Office of Internal Affairs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From 1990 until 1998, Mr. Foucart was assigned as a legacy U.S. Customs agent to the SAC San Francisco Office where he received numerous citations, including the Commissioner of Customs Unit Citation, for his investigatory work.
Prior to his employment with legacy U.S. Customs he was Deputy U.S. Marshal between 1985 and 1990 and served in Providence, RI and Boston, MA. In 1987, he received the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council Employee of the Year Award for Service in the Public Sector and a Letter of Commendation from United States Senator, the Honorable John H. Chafee from Rhode Island. These awards were for the investigation and location of several missing children and juveniles. He is a graduate of Boston University where he earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Criminal Justice Administration degrees.