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

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