US Pakistan Consultations: Establishing University-Based Technology Transfer Offices and Technology Incubators

October 2, 2012 - October 12, 2012

CLDP concluded a two-week long technology transfer program for a delegation comprised of officials from Pakistan's Higher Education Commission (HEC) and four science and technology universities.  This program was conducted pursuant to an interagency agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is part of a larger initiative dating back to 2010 to encourage economic development through establishment of technology transfer offices (TTOs) and technology incubators (TIs) in Pakistan.  TTOs and TIs have helped US universities and corresponding local communities capitalize on university research ready for commercialization resulting in new products, services, companies and jobs. 
Since 2010, CLDP has been introducing select science and technology universities in Pakistan to TTOs and TIs at US universities to expose them to best practices in developing overall innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems.  During this program, the delegation first participated in an "IP Primer" on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  The participants then moved on to Princeton University, Oklahoma State University and Carnegie Mellon University to observe, first hand, the innovation and entrepreneurship policies, facilities and human capital those universities have in place.  The HEC will be taking back lessons learned on how to help facilitate university innovation through funding and training as well as policies and programs to incentivize faculty and student innovation.  With the next round of funding, expected in December 2012, CLDP plans to help develop a core group of sustainable TTO and TI managers and mentors with more programming in the United States and in Pakistan.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop