Azerbaijan: CLDP Conducts IPR Workshop for SMEs

February 27, 2017 - February 28, 2017
Experts, participants, and CLDP staff

From February 27-28, 2017, CLDP conducted a workshop on IPR for 25 entrepreneurs, IP attorneys, and government officials in Baku, Azerbaijan. The workshop aimed to raise awareness and teach the fundamentals of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and licensing, with the objective of empowering small- and medium-sized enterprises to manage their IP issues more strategically as they become increasingly commercial.

To achieve this, CLDP called upon the expertise of Pejman Sharifi, patent attorney and partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, and Darius Graham, director of the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University. The experts, along with their counterparts from the Azerbaijani government's copyright and patent offices, spent the first day of the program overviewing the many benefits of a robust IPR regime.  Experts also compared the legal frameworks for copyrights and trademarks of the United States and European Union. On day two, participants received more in-depth information on the patent process, and also covered key aspects of IP management. Finally, they discussed engagement with tech transfer at the university level, including the many benefits of promoting tech transfer as a mechanism to develop technology start-ups. This portion of the workshop concluded with a group exercise in which participants had to think of an invention, build an imaginary start-up based on the invention, and develop an IP strategy for their start-up.

As a result of this workshop, entrepreneurs of small- and medium-sized enterprises in Azerbaijan will be better able to utilize intellectual property protections available to their businesses for commercial and economic growth and development. Additionally, the Azerbaijan State Copyright Office and State Committee for Standardization, Metrology, and Patent will have inreased capacity in their efforts to improve awareness of the intellectual property rights available to Azerbaijani entrepreneurs and increase the extent to which small and medium enterprises utilize the resources of such agencies to facilitate business growth.

Participants during a group exercise
(left to right) Arezo Yazd, Darius Graham, and Pejman Sharifi

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

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December 12, 2019

On December 12, in Manama, Bahrain, CLDP held a workshop focused on technology transfer for representatives from government, academia, and the startup community. 

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