CLDP Leads Regional Conference on Countering Counterfeit Products in the Maghreb

March 13, 2013 - March 14, 2013

CLDP organized a two-day conference in Rabat, Morocco to address the scope of the challenges and the role of regulatory agencies in combating the trade in counterfeit products, including medicines and other health-related products, in the Maghreb. The conference focused on improving the skills, knowledge and cooperation of officials involved in IP enforcement, including customs officials and prosecutors from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. At the end of the conference, the five delegations adopted a five-point manifesto to improve their regional coordination and better share best practices among their respective agencies in an area which is seeing increasing quantities of counterfeit products and being targeted as a jumping off point to Europe and the United States.

The training was held with the participation of the International Institute of Research Against Counterfeit Medicines (IRACM), French Customs, the French National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI), the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

CLDP provides technical assistance to the Governments of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia through the U.S. Department of State - Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). As part of this program, CLDP works with key institutions and stakeholders in these countries to assist in the development of laws, regulations, and practices that facilitate trade and economic diversification, including the protection of intellectual property rights.

Upcoming Programs

October 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

 CLDP coaches will be working with the 2 Maldivian Vis Moot teams on written advocacy. The coaches will be conducting weekly webinars with the teams on helping them draft research their legal issues, formulate their arguments, and write their memoranda. First, the teams will focus on writing their claimant’s memorandum. Then, the teams will focus on writing their respondent’s memorandum. Once the teams have completed their briefs, they will focus on preparing their oral arguments. 

October 5, 2020 - December 31, 2020

On October 5, the Maldives International Arbitration Center (MIAC) had its first ever arbitration filed. CLDP will be assisting MIAC with the case management of this case – helping MIAC’s case managers process this case effectively, efficiently, and transparently.  In the process, CLDP will ensure that MIAC’s staff and case managers receive case management training on the job.

CLDP in Action

November 9, 2020

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, a series of Live Forum broadcasts, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues whilst facilitating knowledge sharing. 

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