As a key component to economic growth, the intellectual property environment is a main focus of CLDP’s technical assistance to foreign governments. Improving a country’s IP environment requires a diverse set of programs that address enforcement and the adjudication of disputes, IP protection and its impact on the economy, IP law compliance with the WTO Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS), IP curriculum in law schools and public awareness campaigns.
Intellectual Property Enforcement and Adjudicating Disputes
CLDP provides support to government offices, customs officers and judges that are involved in IP issues. In coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, CLDP organizes workshops to develop the quality of intellectual property protection by improving the skill and knowledge level of judges to provide for fair, efficient, and consistent adjudication of intellectual property cases based upon the standards of protection afforded by local and international law. CLDP also works with IP enforcement agencies to improve the skill and knowledge level of officials charged with the enforcement of intellectual property rights in order to meet the international levels of IP protection set by the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the World Intellectual Property Organizations (WIPO) Internet treaties. CLDP works with customs officials to create policies and procedures that enable better identification and interdiction of counterfeit and pirated products crossing borders.
IP Law and TRIPS Compliance
CLDP supports the efforts of countries seeking to ensure the compliance and effective enforcement of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
IP Protection and Its Impact on the Economy
CLDP conducts workshops for government officials that explain the role intellectual property protection and its impact on the country’s economy as a whole.
IP Curriculum in Law Schools
CLDP works with law schools to develop IP curriculum that reflects international norms and practices and encompasses both an assessment of local law and international principles.
Public Awareness Campaigns
CLDP supports government efforts to initiate public awareness campaigns to build a greater understanding and respect for the importance of IP protection and enforcement within the public and private sectors.