CLDP Results in Asia and South Asia
Ad hoc funding arrangements have enabled CLDP to conduct a limited amount of work in Asia. This work has included assisting Viet Nam with drafting its first commercial code and supporting the country with World Trade Organization (WTO) and trade policy-making concepts. In addition, CLDP has worked with the Government of the Philippines to foster a legal environment conducive to better enforcement of Intellectual Property rights both in the public and the private sector. Previously, CLDP implemented a three-year technical assistance program with Pakistan’s regulators and enforcers of intellectual property rights. Today, CLDP is working throughout Pakistan on technology transfer programs.
From 2005-2008, CLDP worked closely with the Government of Pakistan to develop an effective intellectual property rights protection and enforcement regime. CLDP developed a comprehensive program to strengthen the various facets of IPR protection and enforcement in Pakistan. Activities included providing consultative support for the successful operation of the Pakistan Intellectual Property Organization, conducting judicial trainings on intellectual property rights enforcement, developing intellectual property curricula for local universities, and fostering public awareness programs designed to increase recognition and respect for IPR in Pakistan. In 2010, CLDP conducted consultations with Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to help bring Pakistan’s academic technology innovation to the marketplace which will lead to export diversification and new jobs. This program enhanced NUST’s capacity to train management teams from university incubators to create and implement policies and systems to effectively commercialize innovation. Key components of this program included IP protection strategy, technology valuation and commercialization and technology licensing which are all critical components to commercializing technology innovation. CLDP’s partnership with NUST establishes NUST as a leader in technology-based economic development in Pakistan and will allow NUST to provide mentorship in this domain to incubators in all four provinces. Please click here to learn about CLDP's current programs in Pakistan.
CLDP has been working collaboratively with other USG experts to build IP enforcement capacity in the Philippines since 2006. Programs have focused on the following: In 2006, CLDP, in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines and the Philippines Patent and Trademark Office (PPTO), conducted a conference on prevention of Internet piracy through the implementation of the WIPO Internet Treaties. The event was attended by over 200 stakeholders from the government and the private sector. The workshop focused on means of implementing the existing law to limit IP digital piracy. In 2008, CLDP assisted the PPTO in the preparation of an Advanced Course on IP for Commercial Court Judges: a four-day judicial training to improve implementation and enforcement of IP principles by Filipino courts. CLDPalso provided the judges with an IP training guide designed for practitioners, as well as an Instructor’s manual, including many practical case studies designed by CLDP for such training. In 2009, CLDP held a workshop focusing on increasing the capacity of stakeholders (such as lawyers, scientists and businesses) to functionally engage in the technology licensing process. The course focused on practical skills, and the attendees whom, upon completion, were able to handle the entire licensing agreements negotiation process. As part of the process, the PPTO set up a technology transfer website where all the documents used during the proceedings were uploaded. The participants were able to start preparing for the workshop by reviewing policies and case studies, optimizing the time they spent with the experts. Beyond the workshop, the website continues to be maintained by the PPTO training center, thereby becoming a resource both for the Philippines but also for other countries in the region as well as a model for other IP institutions anywhere in the world.