MI:33 is a boutique firm providing investigations and consulting to corporations and their attorneys. Since 1982, we have been investigating intellectual property theft and, since 1995, we have been the trailblazers in doing so on the Web. What sets us apart from the rest is our years of experience, superior research capabilities, and an unparalleled knowledge of cyberspace and the mind of the criminal. We are popular leaders in the investigative, cybercrime and intellectual property communities. Many private and government agencies now seek our advice and emulate our approaches. We have been involved in some of the most influential cases of our time in relation to IP Cybercrime.
In 1981 former New Jersey state trooper Bob Holmes obtained his private investigator’s license. Shortly thereafter, he began investigating intellectual property crimes. In the early 1980’s there were very few people investigating the counterfeiting of trademarked brands. As soon as he could, he got his entire family involved. His pre-teen sons Rob and Jason began working for him as undercover operatives. The Holmes brothers were soon making undercover buys all over the Jersey Shore and getting paid in ice cream while father Bob Holmes was making a name for himself as one of the premier detectives on the East Coast. Throughout the entire 1990s, Bob Holmes was called “Chief” on Canal Street in New York City by the vendors and his legend grew to proportions previously not imagined.
Meanwhile, in 1995, Rob Holmes (Jr.) was pursuing his other career goals in Los Angeles and, like Micheal Corleone, found himself back in the family business. Soon, Rob began working for a premiere intellectual property investigations firm on the opposite coast from his father. By 2001, Rob was handling his firm’s entire Internet portfolio and decided to start his own company, The Holmes Detective Agency. Jason Holmes was in the U.S. Navy during the 90s and stationed in Virginia, which was close enough to continue his work in New York City with his father on weekend raid days. After 9/11 Jason was reassigned to San Diego as Navy Management.
The First Move
In the mid-2000s Bob passed away and the Holmes brothers found themselves on the same coast and aching to keep the family tradition going. Then The Holmes Detective Agency became IPCybercrime, focusing on Rob and Jason‘s specialties. In 2007 the Holmes brothers moved their corporate headquarters to Plano, Texas, home to many major corporate headquarters including Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Bank of America Home Loans, HP Enterprise Services, Capital One, JCPenney, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Frito-Lay, Dell and Toyota. This is where IPCybercrime really began to flourish, becoming a staple in the intellectual property cybercrime space. In 2014, Rob decided to return to the West Coast to head up and re-open the Los Angeles office. While the Texas office handles the company’s operations, the new California office focuses on corporate business development and major case consulting.
The Next Move
This new division was launched because, over the last decade, our clients have been requesting non-IP services, such as threat management, data leaks, incident response, and hack prevention. Since this area is growing so much, we decided to create this brand for new clients. This way, Jason’s specialties of managing real-world threats in the online landscape will reach a wider audience. So MI:33 was born.