June 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Support IP Moot Court

CLDP, in collaboration with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ and the European Law Students’ Association, will facilitate a training session on international best practices in trademark enforcement for a moot court on intellectual property law.  The moot court program is aimed to train Georgian students at the university level on basic concepts in intellectual property and to develop their oral advocacy skills.

June 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Host Webinar on Insolvency Adjudication

CLDP will hold a webinar on the adjudication of insolvency cases for the Georgian judiciary. The webinar will consist of recorded presentations, live discussions, and interactive case studies.  This webinar will build the capacity of Georgian judges to interpret Georgia’s new insolvency law in a manner that is consistent with international practices.  Judicial training is critical as the new law increases opportunities for companies to reorganize rather than liquidate.  

May 24, 2021 - May 31, 2021

CLDP to Host First Meeting of Regional Intellectual Property Working Group

CLDP will partner with the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ to bring together through a virtual platform of government officials from the Caucasus Region and Eastern Europe for the first meeting of the Caucasus Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights. The working group will identify mutual challenges for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and develop recommendations for regional cooperation.

May 20, 2021 - June 30, 2021

CLDP to Lead Programs on Customs and Trade Facilitation

CLDP, in collaboration with the Georgian Revenue Service, will lead a two-part program on customs and trade facilitation that will focus on three topics: post clearance audit, risk management, and authorized economic operators (AEOs).  CLDP will first lead a series of capacity building webinars for customs officials on AEOs, post-clearance audit, and risk management.  The goal of the webinars series is to strengthen the capacity of Georgian customs officials to implement post-clearance audits in a way that complements the overall risk management program.  This aspect of the program will assist the Government of Georgia in creating a more efficient trade climate and reducing trade barriers.  CLDP will then convene Georgian customs officials, international experts, and private sector stakeholders for a roundtable on Georgia’s pilot AEO scheme.  During this roundtable, participants will discuss the AEO scheme and identify the relevant institutional, legislative and capacity barriers to implementing a success system for AEOs in Georgia.  The roundtable is designed to encourage discussion and knowledge exchange between experts and participants to yield potential resolutions on key issues.  


March 29, 2021

Central Asia: CLDP Leads U.S.-Central Asia TIFA Working Groups Session

On Monday, March 29, 2021, CLDP led the working group session of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting. CLDP reported on the work of its Expert Level Working Groups on Customs, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sanitary/Phytosanitary Measures, and Intellectual Property Rights. The TIFA Working Groups unanimously adopted CLDP’s recommended focus areas and projects for the current year. As approved at the meeting, CLDP will begin facilitating a new regional Digital Trade Working Group. Despite recent improvements, the Central Asian region remains one of the least integrated regions globally. By assisting the governments of Central Asia to collaborate on fair, trade-focused, and transparent rules and procedures, the CLDP-facilitated Expert Level Working Groups can contribute to their efforts to mitigate the pandemic’s effects, expand regional and global trade, and promote market access.

March 29, 2021 - March 31, 2021

CLDP Lead Competition Webinar on Abuse of Dominance

CLDP, in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Armenia’s State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition (SCPEC) held a capacity building webinar focused on best practices in identifying and preventing abuse of dominance. The webinar was led by attorneys and subject matter experts from the FTC and featured presentations, real and hypothetical case-studies, and examples from real practice. Preventing abuse of dominance is a critical aspect of competition enforcement in Armenia due to high levels of concentration in major sectors of the economy. These high levels of concentration can lead to exploitative and exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings that ultimately harms consumers and competition. The overall aim of the project is to provide technical assistance to the SCPEC to eliminate barriers to market entry, stimulate investment by promoting competition, and strengthen anti-monopoly mechanisms. This webinar is part of a multi-phase effort by CLDP to assist the SCPEC and sectoral regulators in Armenia with combating anticompetitive behavior. 

March 22, 2021

MENA Regional –  Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Business and Legal Strategies in the Technology Era   

From March 22-25, 2021, CLDP organized a 4-day virtual conference on empowering women entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Azerbaijan. CLDP worked with several partners to facilitate the sessions, including ITA, USPTO, Tunisia’s Agency for the Promotion of Scientific Research, the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, and the Al Tamimi & Co law firm. The conference brought together women entrepreneurs, government officials, and international institutions from Tunisia, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, and Azerbaijan to discuss legal and business tools available to support women-owned businesses and share success stories. Over 200 participants joined the conference, with an average of 60 participants per session over the course of the four-day program This conference is part of CLDP’s ongoing technical assistance in the region to promote women’s economic empowerment under the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative of the U.S. Department of State. 

March 22, 2021

CLDP hosted Videoconference on Technology Transfer

CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, held a videoconference with a multi-stakeholder group of government officials and private sector leaders to discuss technology transfer capacity and the potential for commercialization of intellectual property at universities and research institutions in Armenia.  The videoconference highlighted the progress of a group of university and legal professionals in establishing a technology transfer office in Armenia following their participation in CLDP-led technical assistance programs on technology transfer in 2017 and 2018.  Technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property promote innovation and economic development and create opportunities for future research and development partnerships with American institutions. 

March 15, 2021 - March 18, 2021

CLDP held Consultation on Collective Management

On March 15-18, CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), led a virtual consultation on the collective management framework in Georgia.  The program was attended by representative of Sakpatenti and other IP stakeholders.  During the program, experts from the USPTO, WIPO, and international collective management organizations presented and led discussions on best practices in collective management.  CLDP moderated a discussion on the current state of collective management in Georgia that assisted Sakpatenti and other IP stakeholders to identify gaps in the legal and institutional framework and to develop a roadmap for strengthening current legislation to remove ambiguity and implementing new institutional mechanisms that reinforce the legal obligations of CMOs. 

March 10, 2021

Azerbaijan – Arbitration Webinar Series – Session 1: Application of the New York Convention and Other Treaties

On March 10, CLDP in coordination with Embassy Baku and the Azerbaijan Justice Academy held a two-part webinar on International Arbitration for Judges.