Regional IP Protection: An East African Coordination

June 9, 2010 - June 11, 2010
IP officials came from East Africa Regionto discuss importance of IP protection.
IP officials came from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to discuss the importance of IP protection.

Regional coordination, communication and cooperation were the focus of the June 9-11 workshop in Kampala, Uganda, Regional IP Protection: An East African Coordination. The US Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) co-organized this three-day program in coordination with the East African Community (EAC) and the Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTI), and with participation from the US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). IP protection and enforcement officials hailed from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to dialogue on the importance of intellectual property protection and its impact on the region's economies and development. The program sought to improve the skill and knowledge level of the East African officials charged with the enforcement of intellectual property rights, and determine mechanisms, programs and procedures that would improve the cooperation, collaboration, and communication amongst IP agencies in the East Africa region. Through a combination of interactive panels, plenary sessions, round table discussions and case study exercises, the workshop also sought to determine the prevailing and proposed standards of IP protection in the individual countries and the through EAC legislation on a regional basis. Representatives reported on the current status of IP enforcement in their countries, encouraged the use of IP as an effective tool for development and discussed the need for greater interagency coordination at national and regional levels. Industry stakeholders also related the negative impact of piracy on the creative industries and counterfeiting (including medicines and consumer goods) on the health and safety of the region's population. Customs officials, including representatives from CBP and ICE, explored how to enhance communication between customs services to enable better identification and interdiction of counterfeit and pirated products crossing borders within the region. By promoting harmonized cooperation on procedures and communication among IP enforcement agencies in the East Africa region, seeks to assist the EAC and the individual countries of East Africa to increase the consistency, efficiency, and effectiveness of IP protection in the region, and to further the elimination of counterfeit and pirated goods from the region's markets.

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