Eurasia IP Customs Enforcement and Coordination Workshop

October 26, 2011 - October 28, 2011
Intellectual Property Attorney Tim Trainer speaks to customs officials about the importance of IP enforcement and coordination.
Intellectual Property Attorney Tim Trainer speaks to customs officials about the importance of IP enforcement and coordination.

CLDP held a Eurasia Intellectual Property Customs Enforcement and Coordination Workshop, October 26-28, 2011 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Eurasia IP Customs Workshop was designed to improve the coordination and collaboration between customs authorities of Armenia, Georgia and Turkey in order to better interdict IP infringing goods, including counterfeit and pirated goods. In addition, the program provided a forum for US and international intellectual property rights holders to provide training to regional customs officials on product identification. The program brought customs officials from the three countries together for interactive sessions and presentations on enforcement of IPR, counterfeit product identification, investigation of IP infringing goods, and methods of coordination among the various customs officials.

The goal of the workshop was to increase the adequacy and efficiency of regional customs officials to combat the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, to increase the efficiency of IPR enforcement in the region, and to promote increased dialogue between regional customs officials and between customs authorities and the private sector.

Speakers at the workshop represented U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the World Customs Organization. Besides customs officials from Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey, in attendance were representatives from USAID, AmCham Georgia, Georgian Copyrights Association, National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and the EU Delegation to Georgia. Representatives from Microsoft, UGT, Colgate Palmolive and Procter and Gamble were among the private sector participants who took part in the program.

Upcoming Programs

February 21, 2018 - March 24, 2018

On February 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a workshop in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) for officials from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  The workshop was held at the WTO Secretariat on the margins of the meetings of the Committee for Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).   At the workshop, the Afghan officials discussed with U.S. and WTO experts the procedural and substantive requirements of the WTO SPS and TBT Agreements, and methods for effective engagement in SPS and TBT Committees.  WTO experts also presented on the online tools made available to WTO members by the Secretariat to facilitate timely notifications. 

Following the workshops, the Afghan officials participated in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees, ensuring that Afghanistan has a more active role on issues critical to Afghanistan's trade sector, and provides answers to questions posed by SPS Committee members. 

March 10, 2018 - March 17, 2018

On March 10-15, CLDP hosted a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, headed the Afghan delegation in the U.S.  CLDP facilitated meetings for the Afghan delegation with U.S. Government agencies and the private sector.  During the meetings, MoMP’s representatives provided a comprehensive update on the current state of the Afghan extractive sector, while reinforcing the commitment of the Afghan government to reforms required to transition the extractive sector to a competitive and efficient market.  The MoMP’s representatives also provided an overview of potential mining projects and sought the private sector’s input on how to make the Afghan extractive industry more attractive to foreign private investment, as well as explained the ministry’s commitment to capacity building. In response, CLDP formally launched a 15 months-long extractive training course, designed for key technical and legal employees within the ministry.  

CLDP in Action

February 27, 2018 - March 2, 2018

CLDP together with its institutional partner Extractive Resources Governance Program (ERGP) at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, co-hosted a workshop of 13 officials from Pakistan on Establishing an Effective and Independent Regulator in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

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