Central Asia Regional Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights Webinar: Interagency Coordination for the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

January 27, 2021

CLDP in partnership with the IPR Center, the IP Task Force, USTR, and USPTO will hold Central Asia Regional Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights Webinar on the Interagency Coordination for the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights on January 27th, 2021. The Webinar will be a part of a series of virtual and hybrid meetings/workshops that will take place in 2021, culminating in a U.S. based Consultative Visit of the Central Asia Regional Expert Level Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights to take place after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted.

The inaugural meeting of the IP Working Group took place in September 2019 bringing together government officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan with advisors from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA). The meeting offered a platform for the country-participants to discuss the development of IP regimes that foster innovation and enhance trading opportunities. Specifically, country-participants learned from each other’s recent developments on the issues of accession to and implementation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties, government action to ensure use of licensed software, and efforts pertaining to improving protection and enforcement of IP rights; as well as discussed IP protection and enforcement in the region, noted in USTR’s Special 301 Report.

It was determined that the next meeting/workshop of the IP Working Group would focus on how to improve the interagency coordination of IP enforcement, both nationally and internationally.  CLDP has worked closely with the U.S. Government IP Interagency (primarily with the IPR Center, the IP Task Force, USTR, and USPTO) to develop a virtual Meeting and Workshop on the Interagency Coordination for the Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights that will inform the IP Working Group, as well as additional relevant enforcement agencies, about the processes and practices of successful interagency coordination in IP enforcement.  

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