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28 March 2019

Participate in the International Training Programme on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

Photo: Dennis Nyongesa (WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities) / Flickr

This program will focus on intellectual property as a tool to support innovation in low- and middle-income countries for the benefit of industry, research institutions and farmers. 

The Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV organise the programme in cooperation with the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative, SIANI, World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO involving Swedish partners, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU,  and the Swedish Cooperative Centre, We Effect.  

The International Training Programme on “Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources – in support of innovation” is directed to persons that are policy-makers with a mandate to implement changes relevant for intellectual property and innovation in relation to genetic resources. The target organisations are within government, research, businesses and organisations connected to intellectual property and the farming sector. 

The programme is offered by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). A series of Advanced International Training Programmes is part of Sida’s global development cooperation of strategic importance to the social, environmental and economic development.

Each training will provide the participants with an understanding of the rationale of the intellectual property system including:

  • how intellectual property can be used to support innovation,
  • how intellectual property can be used to make new technologies available,
  • how intellectual property can support rural development,
  • how intellectual property can be used to empower small businesses,
  • how intellectual property can promote scientific research,
  • how intellectual property could contribute to inclusive economic growth and reduced poverty.

The programme will explore the complex and evolving policy landscape for intellectual property, innovation, agriculture and biodiversity such as WIPO-treaties, UPOV, WTO/TRIPS, the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol, the FAO Plant Treaty and WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. 

The training will start on October 20, 2019 in Stockholm and end November 8, 2019. The follow-up phase of the programme will provisionally be held between May 10-15, 2020 in one of the target regions. 

This time the programme will focus on the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Lao, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  

Information brochure with the application details and procedures

Application form  

Apply before June 14, 2019.