Developing Regional IP Task Force Coordination Action Plans for Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya

August 1, 2011 - August 5, 2011
Delegates from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya at the Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO
Delegates from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya at the Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO

Over the course of the week long Consultations, 24 participants from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Nigeria participated in discussions with each other and USG officials, inter alia, the following: The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement; Protecting and Enforcing local culture and works of authors; Trademark & Counterfeiting Issues, Federal IP enforcement structure in the US from the DOJ Perspective; Lessons Learned In Prosecuting IP Cases, Issues in Operating a Customs Recordation System and Coordination with IP Offices; Targeting Importations: Risk Analysis Discussion and Interagency Cooperation; IPR Investigations and Border Enforcement, and the Role of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

In a novel discussion with the private sector both US and abroad, opened by DOC Principal DAS John Andersen, the delegates engaged with rights holders over concerns about IP protection and enforcement. The dialogue included representatives of BASCAP, US Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, Pfizer, INTA, and IIPA on best practices for public-private partnership in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Another dozen rights holders participated via teleconference. The delegates visited the Intellectual Property Rights Center on the fourth day of the consultations to see how the US enforcement agencies work together daily on an operational basis. The week-long consultations wrapped-up on the fifth day with a focus on the next steps in the development of regional IP task force coordination action plans for each country with the goal of facilitating an improved IP interagency approach, and thus a more effective protection and enforcement of IP in their respective countries.

The workshop illuminated the impact of counterfeiting and piracy in Ghana, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria on health and safety and economic development. The workshop also identified the specific and general needs for greater collaboration, coordination and communication amongst the different agencies and with the private sector in order to improve the protection and enforcement of IP in the West and East Africa regions. Consensus was built around the desirability of establishing an Interagency Task Forces as the most effective mechanism to achieve those goals.

Upcoming Programs

July 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Most of Iraq’s hydrocarbons are located in the province of Basrah. In spite of these mineral resources, unemployment is high in the province. To increase the likelihood that university graduates will be hired, since the summer of 2019, CLDP, in close cooperation with the University of Houston/Petroleum Technology Initiative (PTI), has been conducting a program to equip students from four Basrah universities with the skills sought by International Oil Companies (IOC) that operate in the province. A key skill required from new hires by the IOCs is competence in project management. To this end, PTI, under a contract with CLDP developed and taught in Houston in August 2019, a two-week course on “Project Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production”. This course was taught to delegations from four Basrah universities: Basrah University, Southern Technical University, Basrah University for Oil and Gas, Basrah Oil Training institute. Each university was supposed to send one professor and three students to Houston. Unfortunately, for reasons beyond their control, three of the professors were unable to attend the two-week course in Houston, a course that was very well-received by the lone professor and by all the students. Therefore, at CLDP’s request, PTI will now develop an online version of this course, to be used by the universities of the professors who could not go to Houston in August 2019. This development will take place in July and August 2020. 

July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

In July, August, and September 2020, CLDP, in collaboration with USTR and the University of Missouri, will provide virtual business fundamental courses to 20 Salvadoran textile representatives. CLDP has partnered with a textile and apparel expert who will conduct group sessions, as well as tailored sessions depending on the needs and businesses of the selected representatives. Lessons will cover business plan development and implementation, mentorship opportunities, local business resources, and personnel management. Furthermore, the sessions will give the Salvadoran textiles representatives the opportunity to begin developing comprehensive plans to effectively disseminate the knowledge they acquire during this program broadly across the industry with other textile professionals in El Salvador. Participants, who represent the Salvadoran private sector, key government agencies, and academia, will continue to engage their U.S. counterparts in this project for the remainder of the CLDP programming throughout 2021. This project is a part of CLDP’s and USTR’s capacity-building program to improve regional prosperity by fostering human and institutional capacity to improve the competitiveness of the Salvadoran textile industry.

CLDP in Action

July 30, 2020

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Commerce’s Office of Russia, Europe, and Eurasia (ORUE)CLDP participated in a video meeting with Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States on June 25, 2020, to discuss Uzbekistan’s Strategy for the Development of Agriculture in 2020-2030. 

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