CLDP Participates in the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Annual Meetings

December 11, 2017 - December 13, 2017

CLDP Attorney Michael Cofield participated in the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement annual meetings on December 11-13, 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On Monday, December 11, 2017, CLDP briefed the TIFA-level Working Groups on the work and results of the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups on customs issues, standards, and sanitary/phytosanitary measures. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the TIFA Council, consisting of officials from the United States, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, approved all of the recommendations made by the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups. Both the TIFA Council and TIFA Working Groups encouraged the Expert Level Working Groups to continue their work identifying topics appropriate for considering regionalized approaches, such as harmonization, mutual recognition, and trade-facilitating rules and procedures. Such regionalized approaches would facilitate economic development and market access in Central Asia by ensuring greater transparency, efficiency, and consistency in the rules and practices most affecting intra-regional and international trade. The U.S. Trade Representative has released the Joint Statement of the TIFA Council at the following link: 

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2017/december/joint-statement-council-meeting-us

CLDP in Action

July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018

On July 20, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Georgian Copyright Association (GCA) and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, “Sakpatenti,” conducted a one-day training for 27 Georgian journalists and other representatives of the media in Batumi, Georgia. Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Oliver Schön of the District Court of Munich led the training and provided a general overview of intellectual property law, highlighting recent trends and developments in the U.S. and the E.U. 

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