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Experts to Offer Information on Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting 

The American Knife & Tool Institute Announces that Experts in the Fields of Intellectual
Property and Brand Protection Will Provide Valuable Information, Insights and Guidance on a
Regular Basis on the Association’s Website 


Cody, Wyoming (March 28, 2019) – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is very pleased to announce that two experts in the fields of intellectual property and brand protection will be guest contributors on the nonprofit’s website. With the global cost of counterfeits projecting to reach almost $2 trillion by 2022, AKTI and its members recognize that creating thriving businesses in today’s marketplace requires a toolkit to address this issue.  Information, insights, and helpful tips on these topics will be provided by Denise Mosteller and Jeremiah Pastrick in the new resource section titled “Brand Protection.” 

"When I first started working in the IP field, Google didn’t exist,” said Denise Mosteller.  “The idea that we would need to worry about counterfeits being sold online, or on something as big as Amazon, was inconceivable.  We used our computers to write reports, not purchase products.  In the brand protection world, things are constantly changing and evolving, and we need to do the same.  I am excited to share my experience and skills with AKTI. “ 

Denise Mosteller holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and has over 22 years of investigation, brand management, and intellectual property experience.  Ms. Mosteller has participated in countless criminal and civil investigations and enforcement actions involving everything from individual online sellers to global Chinese manufacturers.  During her career Denise has worked with both federal and state law enforcement agencies to facilitate the arrest of numerous counterfeiters. 

“The globalization of trade has brought with it tremendous capacity to expand markets and grow business opportunity, but with that blessing has also come the curse of increased piracy, counterfeiting, and IP theft,” said Jeremiah Pastrick.  “Understanding how to develop, secure, and protect your business’ intellectual property is an essential 21st Century business skill.  I’m thrilled at the opportunity to assist AKTI and its members in these endeavors.”   

Jeremiah Pastrick has worked in the field of intellectual property development and protection for over 15 years.  Mr. Pastrick received his B.S. in Public Management from Indiana University in 2001 and graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 2006. He served as both Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in international intellectual property (IP) development, protection, and anti-counterfeiting as well as IP counsel to a wide range of global IP owners. 

“We’re very excited to have Denise and Jeremiah provide information to our members and others on a regular basis on our website,” said Mark Schreiber, President of CRKT and chair of AKTI’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.  “Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the issue that has a tremendous impact on our industry, as well as a lot of other U.S. businesses.” 

The first “Brand Protection” article on the website will be “Intellectual Property 101” and can be viewed soon at 


More About AKTI 

The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is a non-profit organization (501(c) 6) representing all segments of the knife industry and all knife users. Formed in true grassroots fashion by concerned industry leaders after considerable discussion with individual knifemakers, knife magazine publishers, and a broad section of the knife community, AKTI has been the effective reasonable and responsible voice of the knife community since 1998. AKTI’s mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. To learn more, please visit

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