SIDA 2018 International Training Programme on Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries – Stockholm, Sweden (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: October 28, 2017

WHERE: The Swedish Patent and Registration Office in Stockholm, Sweden and a regional follow-up.
WHEN: January 28th– February 16th, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden
Regional follow-up, August 19th– 24th, 2018
DURATION: Three weeks in Stockholm The follow-up is five days

The training will take place in Sweden (28 January – 16 February) and in one of the participating countries (19-24 August).

The Embassy of Sweden is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the upcoming International Training Programme on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries”.

The objective of the programme is to increase the capacity of the participant and her/his organisation to develop intellectual property systems adapted to national policies, to enhances the conditions and possibilities for commercialization of national/local products through Intellectual Property and to raise the understanding and use of Intellectual Property in order to promote economic growth.

This International Training Programme is specially designed for persons qualified
to participate in reform processes of importance on different levels and holding
a position in their home organisation with mandate to run processes of change.
It offers support to strengthen, adapt and maintain capacity over time in order
for your organisation to define and achieve goals in both the short and the long
As a participant you will take part of the latest development in your area of
work supervised by skilled Swedish colleagues and experts, develop a network of
colleagues from other countries and enhance knowledge in new working methods.
The methodology used is based on the assumption that your organisation wishes to
carry out changes and is willing to invest own resources to achieve these changes.
The main objectives and rationale of the Programme are the
• To increase the familiarity with the three pillars on which an effective Intellectual Property system rests, namely legislation, enforcement and management , both from a national and an
international perspective is the basic aim of the Programme, using Sweden as an illustrative example.
• To inform about and discuss a number of special issues of actual importance, such as the economic impact of Intellectual Property law and of the Intellectual Property industries in the national economies and also the impact of piracy of protected works and ways and means to combat this phenomenon.
• To discuss and provide illustration of various aspects of international negotiations in the field of intellectual property.
• To assess the intellectual property situation in respective country and identify areas of improvement based on knowledge and experiences from the course, as well as discussions
among participants, e.g. through the implementation of the country project.
• To create networks among the participants to share experience and knowledge. Participants will also be encouraged to form national networks of stakeholders.
The following countries are invited to nominate candidates: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
  • Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organisation and in accordance with national rules will be considered.
TARGET REGION : Africa, Asia.
  • The Programme is directed towards policymakers and their advisers as well as towards persons at a senior decision-making level from the government sector, collective management organisations and also to persons from the university or the private sector who are or who will be involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property rights on a national level.
  • The number of participants is limited to 27. Emphasis will be made on the selection of senior officials with experience in areas of transfer of technology and technological capacity building in order to promote cooperation between institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industries, and business to initiate project-based activities on invention and innovation.
  • The participants accepted to the programme shall be obliged to participate in all phases of the programme. Substitutes will not be accepted for any phases. Management approval for all participation and project work is mandatory and is to be confirmed in the application.
  • The participant should have some proficiency in the use of computers (word processing) and access to computers with Internet connection in the home country (for e-mail communications).
  • The WIPO general course on Intellectual Property (DL101) or equivalent knowledge is recommended but not a prerequisite. The participant’s professional role in his/her home country is more important than formal qualifications.
  • The training programme will be organised and conducted in English.
  • Candidates from countries where English is not an official language should do a language test with an official body in the home country, unless other documentation to support for her/his ability can be provided.
  • Proficiency in English shall be certified on the Application form.


  • The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.
  • Application should be written on the special form attached and include a recent photograph and required information and documents.
  • When necessary, the application should be approved by the official nominating authority in your country.
  • Application in original with required signatures and attachments should be submitted to the nearest Swedish Embassy/Consulate. If there is no appropriate Swedish Embassy/Consulate in your country, the application should be submitted directly to Program Secretariat.
  • Applications submitted after closing date will not be considered
  • Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail.
  • Once selected, the candidate must confirm participation.
  • A letter of Acceptance will be sent out, containing information on participation in the programme and the practical arrangements.
  • Selected candidates shall be aware of the commitment to participate in all phases of the programme.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Embassy of Sweden 2018 International Training Programme on Intellectual Property



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