Douglas F. Halijan, a member of Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, will serve as one of two moderators at a program sponsored by the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia on September 17-19, 2015.

The three-day program involves lawyers from the largest bar association in the Republic of Georgia, as well as attorneys from Sakpatenti (Georgia’s equivalent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) and the Georgia Copyright Association.  The program includes presentations and interactive case studies addressing various trademark and copyright issues.

The CLDP, established in 1992, is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps advance U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries by promoting commercial legal reforms and fostering the application of consistent legal and policy norms.  Halijan has participated in past CLDP programs on adjudicating intellectual property claims in Yalta, Ukraine and at a conference for judges and lawyers from Bosnia-Herzegovina visiting the United States.

Burch Porter & Johnson, PLLC, one of the oldest law firms in Tennessee, engages in a highly-respected litigation and business practice. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, the firm has maintained a tradition of involvement in the legal and community affairs of the region. Burch, Porter & Johnson’s principal office is located in downtown Memphis in buildings named to the National Register of Historic Places.