Georgia: CLDP Hosts Webinar Series on Intellectual Property

October 5, 2020 - November 3, 2020

October 2, 2020

CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), launched a series of capacity building trainings on intellectual property to be delivered to the staff of the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia ‘Sakpatenti’ in fall 2020.  Topics for the training series include trade secret protection, telework practices and procedures, and overviews of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  The training series includes virtual discussion sessions on each topic as well as related digitally recorded training videos for asynchronous learning. 

Sakpatenti is an active and engaged partner of the U.S. on issues related to intellectual property.  This project supports Sakpatenti’s efforts to enhance the legal framework for intellectual property and to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Georgia.   

The following virtual discussion sessions are scheduled for this project:

  • Session I: Best Practices for Trade Secret Protection - October 5, 2020

Presented by Jennifer Blank, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO

  • Session II: Implementing and Managing Effective Teleworking Programs - October 16, 2020

Presented by Danette Campbell, Telework Director, USPTO

  • Session III: Deconstructing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) - November 3, 2020

Presented by Judge Janet Gongola, Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge for Strategy, PTAB, and Judge David Heasley, Administrative Trademark Judge, TTAB


This project was made possible through funding by the U.S. Department of State.

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