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.

Upcoming Programs

September 11, 2017 - September 15, 2017
September 23, 2017 - September 26, 2017

CLDP in Action

August 10, 2017 - August 11, 2017

On August 9-10, CLDP, at the behest of the US General Consulate in Jerusalem, and in cooperation with the Higher Judicial Council and the Attorney General’s Office, kick started its IP training program for Palestinian judges and prosecutors from the West Bank. CLDP was joined by two U.S. Patent and Trademark Office trademark attorneys, alongside Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. 10 judges and 13 prosecutors participated in the program, representing 10 West Bank governorates, and partook in a series of interactive cases reflecting practical legal issues. The program provided a rare opportunity to gain an understanding of the legal gaps that the current IP law fails to fill, as well as a heightened level of appreciation of how trademark enforcement impacts economic development. The participants were grateful for the unique opportunity of sharing judicial experience with Judge Cote, who provided key judicial insight on how to oversee complicated commercial trademark cases, specifically in the area of designating civil remedies and damages.

On the margins of the workshop, CLDP met with the President of the Higher Judicial Council for the Palestinian Authority to discuss how CLDP can support judicial and prosecutorial legal capacity in the area of IP. The President requested that, as part of its IP work in the West Bank, CLDP propose and implement a yearlong technical assistance plan coordinated with the council. IP enforcement will be key in sustaining foreign investment in franchises, service companies, and new technologies in the West Bank.