313e Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources - in Support of Innovation

Part 1: 19 April- 8 May, 20
Part 2: 1- 6 November, 2020
Part 1: StockholmSweden
Part 2: TBC
Number of participants
Target Region
Closing date for applications
November 29, 2019



This programme will build human capacity in Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources -in support of innovation. 

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 to use intellectual property to empower small businesses,
- how intellectual property can promote scientific research,
- how IP 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 and the FAO Plant Treaty. The national implementation of these international obligations and available options and flexibilities will be analysed including taking into account nationaland local stakeholders’ roles and needs and special attention will be given to gendered perspective of intellectual property for different user groups.
An important component in the programme is to apply the knowledge and the skills from the project of change or other projects initiated by the participants, potentially in collaboration with other partners in the networks  leading to sustainable changes e.g. in the form of new policies, legislative initiatives, new administrative processes or new co-operations for innovation, identifying local or national products for commercialisation or other business opportunities for research organisations, universities, private companies and farmers.
Networking is also an important component of the programme; participants from different stakeholder groups and countries meet and learn from each other’s experiences. They also have unique opportunities to interact with key stakeholders  during the training. This will facilitate networks on a national and international level and support the sustainability of results from the program.




The following countries are invited to nominate candidates:
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Programme is directed towards policymakers and their advisers as well as persons at a senior decision-making level from the government sector, the university or other research organisation, the private sector or farming organisation who are or who will be involved in issues concerning intellectual property or innovation in relation to genetic resources.


Intellectual property (IP) in the field of genetic resources in agriculture and other sectors
◦IP: importance in trade and innovation
◦IP rights: patents, plant breeders rights, trademarks, geographical indications, copyright, trade secrets etc.
◦Traditional knowledge: regional and national experiences
International IP framework: TRIPS, UPOV and WIPO
◦National implementation, options and flexibilities
Access and benefit-sharing (ABS):
◦Convention on Biological Diversity, including the Nagoya Protocol and Cartagena Protocol
◦International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
◦National implementation, options and flexibilities
Seed systems: formal and informal
Institutional development and good governance
Agricultural innovation, commercialisation and rural development
Access and dissemination of knowledge
Building awareness of IP



Swedish Patent and Registration Office


Patrick Andersson


Swedish Patent and Registration Office
PO Box 5055





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