Intellectual Property

October 21, 2019 - October 24, 2019

Algeria: Licensing Agreements Workshop

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides technical assistance to the government of Algeria to promote innovation and entrepreneurship as a means of economic growth through funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). In support of this goal, CLDP seeks to build the capacity of the government and private sector to foster an enabling environment for technology-based entrepreneurship. In this context, from October 21-24, 2019, CLDP organized a workshop on Licensing Negotiations in Algiers, Algeria for private sector stakeholders in conjunction with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Algeria.

September 24, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina: CLDP Leads IPR Enforcement Workshop

On September 24-26, 2019, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), CLDP led a workshop on intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement for prosecutors, investigators, and judges in coordination with the judicial center of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The workshop featured presentations from an assistant U.S. attorney and a U.S. federal judge on IPR enforcement as well as practical training in adjudication skills using case studies and interactive discussions. In order to strengthen BiH’s intellectual property regime and create a critical mass of prosecutors, investigators, and judges trained in the enforcement of IP laws, CLDP will provide technical assistance focused on the prosecution and adjudication of trademark infringement and copyright infringement cases. CLDP will include a specific focus on software and media licensing violations, which will be crucial to BiH’s growing information and communications technology industry.

September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019

Almaty, Kazakhstan: CLDP Facilitates Inaugural Meeting of the Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights

On September 17-19, 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, CLDP brought together government officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan with advisors from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), USPTO, and ITA for the first meeting of the Central Asia Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. 

September 11, 2019 - September 13, 2019

Ukraine: Collective Copyright Management System Workshop III

Ukraine was designated a Priority Foreign Country (PFC) in the United States 2013 Special 301 Report on three identified grounds, two of which were: (1) the unfair, nontransparent administration of the system for collective management organizations (CMOs), which are responsible for collecting and distributing royalties to right holders; and (2) failure to implement an effective means to combat widespread online copyright infringement in Ukraine.
 
In response, CLDP over the years, and in concert with the Ukrainian government, has implemented a number of workshops and other programs. The workshops utilized expertise from the US government as well as from international governmental and non-governmental organizations (such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), the Societies' Council for the Collective Management of Performers' Rights (SCAPR), International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)), to assist the Ukrainian government and rights holders to develop laws and institutional arrangements to enable the protection and management of copyright and related rights in Ukraine. Other programs included the support and facilitation by CLDP of legislative drafting, based upon the results of the workshops.
August 20, 2019 - August 22, 2019

Delhi: CLDP Conducts Trademark Examiners Workshop

From August 20-22, in New Delhi, CLDP, in partnership with USPTO, conducted a Trademark Examiners Workshop for the Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Property Office (ACBR-IP).  The three-day workshop focused on key aspects of TM examination, including global best practices and a comparison of current policies and procedures of ACBR-IP and USPTO.  This is the first in a planned series of progressively more difficult workshops resulting in increased analytical skills for Afghan TM examiners, as well as enhancing the quality, timing, and consistency in processing TM registration submissions to the Afghan TM Office. 

August 5, 2019 - August 8, 2019

Central Asia – CLDP Facilitates Intellectual Property Office Administration Training

On August 5-8, 2019, CLDP supported the participation of a delegate from the State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Krygyz Republic, and the Kazakh Patent Agency in a Trademarks IP Office Administration training, hosted by the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia. 

July 20, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Georgia: CLDP Conducts Judicial Workshop on Intellectual Property

On July 20-21, 2019, in Batumi, CLDP held a workshop on the adjudication of civil intellectual property infringement cases. Thirty-two judges from trial- and appellate-level courts throughout Georgia attended the workshop, which focused on issues arising from trademark and copyright disputes. Judge David Carter, U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, and Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, led the workshop, and representatives of the Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, or Sakpatenti, also presented case studies that involved interpreting and applying Georgian law as it relates to copyright and trademarks. This annual program promotes reasoned decision-making and a uniform approach to intellectual property disputes in Georgian courts.

April 23, 2019 - April 25, 2019

Morocco: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

From April 23-25, 2019, CLDP organized a workshop on technology transfer and intellectual property in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for over 30 government officials, academics, and researchers in Fès, Morocco. By strengthening the capacity of technology transfer stakeholders to manage intellectual property rights, CLDP is helping achieve U.S. foreign policy goals to promote a more conducive business and investment environment in Morocco.

December 3, 2018 - December 7, 2018

Pakistan: CLDP conducts IP Judicial Workshop Phase III

From December 3-7, 2018, CLDP, in partnership with USPTO and the Continuing Legal Education Institute of Pakistan (CLEIP), conducted a week-long workshop on intellectual property (IP) for Pakistan judges and a Director of the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO).  This workshop was the capstone training session in a series of progressively more difficult programs for IP Tribunal Presiding Officers and District & Sessions judges selected by the High Courts as likely to be appointed to IP Tribunals in the near future. The judges interacted with U.S. (e.g., USPTO, DOJ, judges, private lawyers) and Pakistani (e.g., private legal practitioners) experts in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent law, including civil and criminal prosecution and deterrent sentencing.  The workshop was a mix of subject matter lectures, case studies, and a visit to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition, representatives of U.S. industry and an economist met with the judges to discuss the benefits and challenges of enforcing intellectual property rights locally, nationally, regionally, and worldwide.  This series of workshops builds on earlier CLDP, USPTO, CLEIP, and IPO programs focusing on IP rights in Pakistan.

October 30, 2018 - November 1, 2018

MENA: CLDP Holds Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer

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.