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

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