Alibaba has appointed a former Apple investigator to head up their anti-counterfeit operation, as the company ramps up efforts to pull fakes from their popular platforms.

Mathew Bassiur, who is leaving his role as Deputy Chief Security Officer at Pfizer, will become Alibaba’s Head of Global Intellectual Property enforcement as of January.

Prior to his time at Pfizer Mr. Bassiur was a senior director at Apple for two years, serving as a counsel for intellectual property rights enforcement.  He also spent time teaching IP law at Renmin University in Beijing.

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Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com