Intellectual Property

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.

CLDP in Action

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

On October 30-November 1, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research (ANPR), organized a regional workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on the commercialization of technology for the Middle East and North Africa region. The workshop promoted technology-based entrepreneurship and strengthened local capacity by bringing together government officials and technology transfer stakeholders to discuss technology management. More than 60 participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Bahrain attended. Subject-matter experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Technology Transfer, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University focused on practical case studies and management skills such as commercialization metrics, valuation of technology, licensing and assignments, negotiation, and marketing strategies. At the end of the workshop, participants made concrete recommendations that included the development of intellectual property policies for universities and a more advanced train-the-trainer program for experienced technology transfer managers. By strengthening intellectual property rights in the MENA region through technology transfer programs, CLDP helps level the playing field for U.S. companies. CLDP’s ongoing assistance is focused on bolstering innovation and research and development commercialization in all four countries by helping to create a critical mass of in-country specialists equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully commercialize discoveries made by the academic community and act as an effective interface with the business community.