The Embassy of Sweden is calling for applications to the advanced international training programme on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries.”

This International Training Programme is specially designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes of importance on different levels and exercising a position in
their home organization with a mandate to introduce change in social, economic, cultural and scientific institutions utilizing Intellectual Property as a tool for development.

As a participant of the Training Programme, you will actively involve yourself to take part in developments related to Intellectual Property for building the national knowledge
base and encouraging invention, innovation and creativity. The methodology used in the Training Programme is based on the assumption that your organization wishes to carry
out changes and is willing to invest its own resources to achieve these changes.


The training in Stockholm or in a virtual setting will be focused on a number of special themes in the area of Intellectual Property, including the following:
• General aspects of Intellectual Property including legal, institutional and management aspects, and its relevance in the context of economic growth and development.
• The role of multilateral and regional institutions in Intellectual Property law formulation, implementation and administration.
• The role of Intellectual Property in key national public policy issues such as agriculture, education, and health and the
discussion of implementation issues in the national context.
• Emerging issues in Intellectual Property including those related to biodiversity, environmental protection, and implications of a dynamic and fast-paced technological landscape.
• The international trading system, especially the Agreement
on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Law (The
TRIPS Agreement).
• The importance of patents as a resource of technical and
scientific information for technological capacity building and
their role in promoting innovation and invention.
• The role of trademarks, industrial designs, and geographical indications in contributing to economic growth and increasing competitiveness.
• The role of copyright and related rights in cultural and
socio-economic development.

Admission Requirements

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 organization
and in accordance with national rules will be considered.

Least Developed Countries in Africa, Asia.

The Training Programme is specially designed for senior
officials and policymakers from relevant government entities, business and industries, universities and academic institutions, research and development organizations who are involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property at the national level.

The number of participants is limited to 27 in order to ensure
a close working relationship between participants, lecturers and mentors. 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 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.


The Swedish Intellectual Property Office in Stockholm and
a Follow-up meeting. Participants should be aware that
the programme may be moved to a virtual setting due to
the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 17–June 4, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden, or in a virtual setting
Follow-up meeting December 6–10, 2021

Participants should be aware that the programme may be
moved to a virtual setting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme will be created to meet the same objective as a physical training including to allow for opportunities to interact, community building and sharing of ideas.

Method of Application

  • Application should be written on the special form attached
    and include a recent photograph and required information
    and documents. Please also note that in order to be accepted
    to the program your proposed Project For Change will be of
    – 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 the Organizer PRV.

    Applications submitted after closing date will not be


    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.

Application Deadline: February 18th 2021

For more information, please read the following documents:

  1. Brochure
  2. Application form

For More Information:

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