Ghanian Interagency IP Task Force Workshop

April 28, 2010 - April 30, 2010

In February 2009, CLDP brought together intellectual property (IP) enforcement officials from the ECOWAS region to Ghana to determine ways to protect IP in the West Africa region. Following on the strong recommendation of this workshop, Regional Intellectual Property Protection: The Border and Beyond, the Ghanaian IP agencies determined to convene a National Interagency Task Force on IP Matters comprised of all the agencies involved with IP protection in Ghana along with industry associations. CLDP thus organized a three-day workshop in Accra for 60 participants to facilitate the development of this Interagency IP Task Force, which is to be responsible for the harmonization of procedures on IP enforcement, and to provide timely exchange of information and coordinated responses to IP infringement. Participants included the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Copyright Administration, the Commercial Court, the Copyright Society of Ghana, the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, the Food and Drugs Board, and the Ghana Standards Board among others. An official IP Interagency Task Force Committee has now been established to put the workshop recommendations in place and to reach the goals of strengthening IP protection in Ghana and West Africa.

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