Afghanistan: Trademark Examiners Workshop Renewals

January 26, 2021

On January 26th, CLDP, in close cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), conducted a 2-hour webinar for the Afghanistan Central Business Registry Trademark Directorate (TMD) on the concept of trademark (TM) renewals as one of the key elements to securing and maintaining TM rights. USPTO experts presented a comprehensive tutorial, and Afghan officials actively participated in the discussion citing certain aspects of Afghan TM law and raised questions relating to past and current issues before the TMD. Through discussion and case study examples, this webinar enhanced the thoroughness, accuracy and efficiency of the TMD in evaluating TM registration renewal applications consistent with global best practices, including the Madrid Protocol and interacting with the TM owner to assure timely renewals. The next session is planned for February 23rd and will focus on amendments to TM applications. Subsequent seminars will address other key subjects, including opposition and cancellation proceedings, and ownership transfers.  

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. 

February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

CLDP in Action

November 9, 2020

CLDP, along with INSOL International and the World Bank Group, a series of Live Forum broadcasts, providing a platform for the judiciary to discuss current issues whilst facilitating knowledge sharing. 

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