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Silicon Beach Vital to Future of IP on the Web, IPCybercrime Re-Opens CA Office

Silicon Beach Vital to Future of IP on the Web, IPCybercrime Re-Opens CA OfficeNext month, world renowned intellectual property investigations and cyber consulting firm IPCybercrime will be opening a satellite office in Los Angeles’s Westside in order to address the needs of their intellectual property and technology clients.  This neighborhood, also known as the Silicon Beach, has long been home to digital entertainment firms and is now headquarters to more than 500 technology companies and content creators.

Long a staple in the fashion and luxury markets, IPCybercrime has seen a surge in technology clients in the last half decade; specifically, content creators.  “In 2013 we witnessed the dawn of the platinum age of television.  In 2014 quality online streaming video became a viable profit model”, says IPCybercrime’s founder & CEO Rob Holmes.  According to PwC, streaming home video revenue will exceed physical home video revenue by 2018.  “In 2015 we will be faced with a new gold rush of intellectual property theft.  For the first time in history online pirated content will be in direct competition alongside major legitimate sources of revenue,” Holmes predicts.

Originally forming his company in Los Angeles, Rob Holmes moved IPCybercrime’s headquarters to the burgeoning North Texas area a few years ago to be more central between coasts and to position the company for long-term growth.  For the last several years, Holmes has been a prominent fixture in the Texas technology, marketing and political communities, while making frequent trips to both coasts.  Since 2006, the operational side of IPCybercrime has been overseen by President & COO Jason Holmes, who will continue to run operations and employees at the IPCybercrime Headquarters in Texas.  Rob will be consulting on major IP projects and developing new business in California.  With qualified principal officers in both Texas and California, IPCybercrime aims to tackle the tough issues for brand owners with twice the force.  Both Rob Holmes and Jason Holmes have more than twenty years experience investigating intellectual property crimes each (forty years combined).

IPCybercrime’s focus will remain on enforcing the intellectual property rights online for fashion, entertainment and technology companies.

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Hunt People Online – Los Angeles and Toronto Classes Coming This Month!

My IPCybercrime Boot Camp has been well-received all over North America and in Europe.  Whether you are an investigator by trade, a paralegal, a lawyer or a small business person you will benefit greatly from taking this all-day course.

My class is the only class of its kind.  Instead of teaching the traditional parlor tricks we focus on my proprietary techniques and philosophy that are universal in all aspects of investigation.  The Internet has been my territory for almost two decades and I can teach you to navigate it better than ever before!

Seating is limited and time is running out.  So register now for Los Angeles on 11/14 or Toronto on 11/29.  CLICK HERE NOW!

I Kept Driving and Tomorrow Kept Coming

In 1999 I embarked on creating what I wanted to be the ultimate list of songs to play in my car.  So I rooted through my music collection and pulled, opened, read, contemplated, played, meditated, listened and came up with ‘the list’. I then ripped the songs and burned them to a compact disc. Since then, I have owned three vehicles: a black Nissan Pathfinder, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and (currently) a silver Toyota Prius.  Whether one of its songs were cranked up loud on a drive home from the office, or playing in the background while driving cross-country with my wife, or if it was sitting patiently tucked away while I was exploring a newly-purchased album; this same silvery, scratched, sharpie-scribbled disc has been with me on every journey.

Rob's Pathfinder upside down on the freeway

Rob’s Pathfinder upside down on the freeway

On a Saturday morning in 2005, shortly after the death of my father, I was driving down the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles when a man in a red Jeep Wrangler ran me off the road and kept driving.  I lost control of my steering and rolled about six times down a hill, with my car landing upside down on another freeway.  Unable to see oncoming traffic from my vantage point, I hung there uncertain of my future.  So I unclasped my seatbelt, fell on the roof and exited the vehicle without a scratch.  Days later I got another car and the disc came with me.  I kept driving and tomorrow kept coming.

Today, I decided to share this intimate list of songs with you, along with links to play them.  I hope they comfort, energize, daze and inspire you wherever you are going.  In the last twelve years, I have experienced great success, huge failure, extreme happiness and terrible tragedy.  I still don’t know where I’m going and I wouldn’t change a thing.  I leave you with one piece of advice: “If you keep driving tomorrow will keep coming.”

“Theme from Shaft” – Isaac Hayes

“Truck Turner (Main Theme)” – Isaac Hayes

“Superstition” – Stevie Wonder

“It’s In The Way That You Use It” – Eric Clapton

“Cruel Little Number” – Jeff Healey Band

“But It’s Alright” – Huey Lewis and The News

“Indian Outlaw” – Tim McGraw

“Bullet the Blue Sky (Live Version)” – U2

“Give to Live” – Sammy Hagar

“I Feel Lucky” – Mary Chapin-Carpenter

“Showdown” – Electric Light Orchestra

“Superfly” – Curtis Mayfield

“Gotcha (Theme From Starsky and Hutch)” – Tom Scott and the L.A. Express

“Couldn’t Get It Right” – Climax Blues Band

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Evidence is Everything

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I was twelve years old when my father, Robert L. Holmes Sr., asked me to go along with him to purchase an MTV t-shirt at the Columbus Farmers Market in Columbus, NJ.  That day I learned what a chain of custody was.  The second an investigator touches an item (as fledgling as I was) the item was in custody.  Once that second begins so does the chain, sayeth the Old Man.  Once I first touched it I then must pass on, and communicate, that responsibility to the next individual who may touch the item.  Ever since that day in 1982 I realized that, once I touch something that was a part of a case, it was my responsibility until someone I deemed  responsible took possession and released me of Custody.

I was no Bobby Fisher but my Dad taught me, and I understood, chess at the age of four.  I played with him regularly and got the game.  He even let me win once.  One of the things I most remember from playing with the Old Man was that, after making a move,  I could take all the time I wanted.  I could even change my mind and move back.  But once I removed my finger from the game piece, my move was over and my decision forever made.

I have many philosophies; political, spiritual, professional and others.  Some of those ideals have been modified and influenced throughout the years.  Little did Bob know his philosophies would cross game play and flea markets and be the basis for my every move in business.  The one thing that will never change in my world is the fact that evidence must be preserved at all cost.

I recently found myself in extraordinary circumstances where I was forced to make some very quick decisions in a short period of time.  I was in the American Mid-west conducting a seizure out of town when opposing counsel made numerous threats that led my client and myself to believe we may be in danger.  At bare minimum, our evidence was for sure.  The decisions I made that night could possibly have impacted my Client’s life’s work.  Forget me and my safety.  Evidence is everything.  I know many of you would say that I am crazy to put a client, or their evidence, before myself.  That’s because you don’t get it.

One of the staples of modern American culture is the private eye.  Whether you reflect upon your real-life heroes like Rob Holmes or the fictional writings of greats like Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker or Robert Crais, one thing is consistent: the case comes first.  This is not just television and movies.  Real private eyes are a unique breed just like our fictional counterparts.  Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art.  But, once retained by a client, a private eye puts the case before himself.  We don’t have certifications and diplomas that doctors and lawyers have to influence the public’s perception of our image.  We have but one thing: our integrity.  That, sir, is everything.

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