The Middle East & North Africa

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Iraq: Development of online course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

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June 30, 2020

Bahrain- CLDP Conducts Webinar on Drafting Patents for University Faculty

CLDP led a webinar with a U.S. patent lawyer on drafting patents for university faculty’s discoveries. This is part of a CLDP program to support Bahrain’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) in developing IP policies and technology assessment methodologies.

June 30, 2020

CLDP Conducts Webinar on Drafting Patents for University Faculty

CLDP led a webinar with a U.S. patent lawyer on drafting patents for university faculty’s discoveries. This is part of a CLDP program to support Bahrain’s Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) in developing IP policies and technology assessment methodologies

June 25, 2020

Tunisia – Webinar on Global Artisan Brands’ Response to COVID-19

CLDP hosted a webinar in partnership with By hand Consulting to increase the export preparedness of artisans in Tunisia. The presentation focused on how the U.S. market for global handmade products has been impacted by COVID-19. During this time of uncertainty, the path forward may be unclear for many small businesses. This webinar helped local artisans understand changes in demand of U.S. businesses that are within their target markets, highlight brands that are innovating and excelling despite market challenges, and outline simple ways to stay connected to customers by using impactful messaging. 

June 23, 2020

Bahrain – CLDP and GMU Conduct Webinar on IP Commercialization

CLDP in close cooperation with George Mason University Office of Technology Transfer conducted a webinar on ensuring efficient commercialization of faculty discoveries. This is part of a CLDP program to support Bahrain’s Innovation and Technology Center in developing IP policies and technology assessment methodologies.

June 16, 2020

MENA Region – CLDP Supports Struggling Franchise Industry Amidst Health Crisis

On June 16, CLDP, in cooperation with ITA, hosted a webinar for Algerian and Tunisian franchisees on sustaining operations amidst challenges posed by COVID-19. Carl Zwisler, Senior Counsel at Lathrop GPM, and Bill Schrieber, Executive Director of Mathnasium Inc., discussed the importance of updating franchise agreements, having business interruption insurance, making adaptations to leases, royalties and fees, and adjusting price models when shifting from in-person to virtual services. In Tunisia and Algeria, franchising is a significant driver for developing small and mid-sized enterprises, creating jobs, and diversifying the economy. COVID-19’s commercial impact jeopardizes franchisees essential contribution to the economy. 

June 16, 2020

Bahrain – CLDP Conducts Webinar on IP for Universities

This webinar focused on protecting IP for university faculty engaged in research and development and is part of a CLDP program to support Bahrain’s Innovation and Technology Center in developing IP policies and technology assessment methodologies. 

May 21, 2020

Iraq: Videoconference for the development of an online course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. On May 21, 2020, the U.S. embassy in Iraq, PTI, Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR), four Basrah universities, and CLDP, had a videoconference to define priorities for the online course to be developed. 

As PTI develops course material, other videoconferences may be organized.

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April 30, 2020 - May 21, 2020

Bahrain – CLDP and USPTO Host IP and Patent Webinar Series

CLDP, in close cooperation with USPTO, hosted a series of four train-the-trainer webinars for the leadership of the Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC).