Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Promoting Innovation: Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization Licensing Academy



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Professional Development Scholarships Program

Promoting Innovation: Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Commercialization[1]


1. Place of Study: University of California, Davis. International Law Programs UC Davis Extension 1333 Research Park Dr. Davis, California, 95618-4852, USA. Tel: (530) 757-8569. Fax: (530) 757-8596. Web page:

2. Coordinators of the course:

  • César Parga, Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Organization of American States (OAS). Tel. (202) 458-6190, E-Mail: [email protected]
  • Monica Alandete-Saez, Director of Analysis & Educational Outreach, PIPRA, UC DAVIS. Tel: (530) 752-2705. Fax: (530) 752-2278. E-Mail: [email protected]

3. Modalidality of the course:                     Onsite

4. Start and end dates of the course:     June 4th, to June 13th, 2012

5. Duration of the course:                           Eleven (10) days

6. Language of Instruction:                        English

7. Course Objective: To provide participants with the fundamentals on how to protect and manage intellectual property to support technology commercialization in the public sector or among small to medium size enterprises.

8. Course Content: This intensive two-week program is developed for international lawyers, technology managers and scientific professionals in the public sector or small-to-medium enterprises interested in understanding successful U.S. models of intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer in the context of an innovation ecosystem. Participants will learn strategies and tactics for managing IP that maximize the commercial success and public benefit of their research and development investments.

The University of California accredited course, from which students can obtain professional-level credits, will cover topics such as U.S. and international IP protection, IP management for commercialization, licensing, IP issues in negotiating an international agreement, starting IP and technology transfer offices, start-ups and spin-offs from public sector institutions. To reinforce classroom presentation, the program will be based on lectures, hand-on case studies and field visits to various Northern California companies.

9. Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State (Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba[2], Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela), with the exception of the United States of America since is the host country.
  • To hold a university degree in law, international affairs, engineering, life sciences, or economics;
  • Participants must have responsibilities in public, private, academia on tech transfer, intellectual property, agriculture, life sciences, international trade and innovation, with at least two (2) years of professional experience;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Recommendation of Employer-Supporting Institution indicating that the candidate's application is supported by a public, private or academic institution including their support and commitment for the candidate to return and apply the knowledge acquired during the program; and whether the institution will be able to cover the expenses not provided by the full or partial scholarship;
  • The candidate's application should include a Statement of Study and Development Objectives explaining the reasons for which he/she should be considered as a candidate for the program and for the full or partial scholarship;[3]
  • Preference will be given to those candidates from smaller economies;
  • Submission of completed application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE).[4] It is the candidate’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence.

Please Notice: If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are not eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

10. Scholarships Benefits:

  • OAS will cover round trip economy class airline tickets[5] from country of origin or residence to place of study. Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided
  • Based on need, country of origin and availability of funds, offering institutions will offer full or partial scholarships.
  1. Partial scholarships will cover air travel (round trip airline ticket) and accomodation for the 10 days of the program (11 nights in shared double-room, including breakfast);
  2. Full scholarships will cover air travel (round trip airline ticket), tuition ($2600) and accomodation (11 nights in shared double-room, including breakfast).
  • Insurance for emergency medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency medical meetings.


11. OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

  • The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;
  • The training priorities of the member states;
  • The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
  • The financial need of the candidate; and
  • An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies

12. Responsibilities of the scholarships recipients:

  • In order to become scholarship recipients, the selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”;
  • If after accepting the scholarship, the scholarship recipient for whatever reason cannot attend the course, he or she must immediately notify the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS;
  • Scholarship recipients must communicate in writing to the OAS/DHDEC on which dates they will be able to travel, so the OAS can make the necessary travel arrangements;
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation;
  • Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving on time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program;
  • If the scholarship recipient declines the scholarship, (after the ticket has been purchased without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS or fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes) the scholarship recipient will be responsible for paying the cost of the airfare or whatever additional cost is incurred;
  • If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site on time; and
  • The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS. The latter includes any additional costs, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.
  • Selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS Coordinator of the course, Cesar Parga, OAS Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism. E-Mail: [email protected]

13. Application Process:

  1. Select the course

  1. After having read the course information thoroughly, click “Continue/Continuar” at the end of the page.

  1. Complete application form.

  1. After completing application form click “Send/Enviar” at the end of the page 5.

  1. A copy of the application form will be sent automatically to your e-mail account.

  1. Print and sign application form e-mailed to your account.

       7. Submit signed form and required documents with Professional Development Scholarships Forms & Documents to the National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country.

        Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to: [email protected]

[1] The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (“GS/OAS”) reserves the right to cancel this scholarship announcement at any time. Moreover, the OAS, GS/OAS, and its personnel are not liable for any actions taken in reliance on or otherwise based upon information in this announcement.

[2] On June 3, 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas adopted resolution AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09), which resolves that the 1962 Resolution that excluded the Government of Cuba from its participation in the inter-American system, ceases to have effect in the Organization of American States (OAS). The 2009 resolution states that the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS

[3] The Forms for the Recommendation and Statement of Objectives of Study are available in the following link:

[4] The deadline for presentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country and should therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country of origin or permanent residence.

[5] The OAS Professional Development Scholarships Program will defray up to US$1,365.00 for round trip air fare between member states.

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