CLDP Conducts Judicial Workshop on Intellectual Property and Training for Journalists and Media

July 20, 2018 - July 22, 2018

On July 20, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the Georgian Copyright Association (GCA) and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, “Sakpatenti,” conducted a one-day training for 27 Georgian journalists and other representatives of the media in Batumi, Georgia. Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Oliver Schön of the District Court of Munich led the training and provided a general overview of intellectual property law, highlighting recent trends and developments in the U.S. and the E.U.  Additionally, representatives of the GCA and Sakpatenti updated participants on the status and developments in copyright management and the laws governing intellectual property in Georgia. The development of an efficient system of intellectual property protection is a priority of the Government of Georgia. As such, Georgia has engaged in a number of initiatives to enhance the protection of intellectual property rights and to build public awareness and respect for this protection. This program contributed to these initiatives by laying a foundation for better news coverage of intellectual property disputes, which will lead to increased public awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights in the country. 

On July 21-22, 2018, CLDP held a two-day workshop on the adjudication of intellectual property infringement cases in Batumi, Georgia. The High School of Justice of Georgia contributed to the workshop and coordinated the participation of 27 judges from the Tbilisi Court of Appeals, Tbilisi City Court, as well as other district and city courts throughout Georgia. Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Oliver Schön of the District Court of Munich discussed global best practices in intellectual property law and led interactive case studies designed for practical application of key concepts in copyright and trademark law. Representatives of the Georgian Copyright Association and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia also partnered on the workshop, presenting country-specific case studies that focused on interpretation and application of Georgian intellectual property law. This workshop promoted reasoned decision-making and a uniform approach to intellectual property disputes, which will lead to more predictable, harmonized, and efficient adjudication of these cases throughout Georgia. Guaranteeing the protection of intellectual property rights is fundamental to attracting foreign investment, as it is a critical factor in whether U.S. investors and businesses enter or increase their presence in a market.

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