Sri Lanka: IP Policy Working Group

September 11, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Participants at IP Policy Working Group

On September 11-15, CLDP, USPTO, and WIPO, in close coordination with the National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka and the University Grants Commission, conducted university IP development programs in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A select group of Sri Lankan universities and institutions that attended the April workshop was chosen to participate in a two-day working group session which considered the key policy topics in discussion modules, with policy drafting exercises throughout both days. After completion of the working group sessions, CLDP and experts visited the University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, and the University of Ruhuna to  meet one-on-one with those universities, answer any questions they have about the University IP policy and implementation, assess current innovative technologies being developed and their associated IP, and actively engage with them to facilitate the development and implementation of their policy. 

Dr. Cahoon of WIPO and Shilpi Jha of USPTO discuss policy drafting with the University of Ruhuna
Dr. Cahoon, Dr. Stevens, and Joe Yang assess current IP and innovations at the University of Colombo

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.

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