Intellectual Property

The “Ideas Powered for business SME Fund, which is open for applications as of  January 11th 2021, is a 20 million EUR grant scheme to help EU SMEs protect their intellectual property rights. Co-funded by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Commission, the SME Fund will grant IP related financial grants to EU SMEs in five separate grant windows throughout 2021 on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The applications cycles are the following:

  • 11 January 2021 – 31 January 2021
  • 1 March 2021 – 31 March 2021
  • 1 May 2021 – 31 May 2021
  • 1 July 2021 – 31 July 2021
  • 1 September 2021 – 30 September 2021

Open to all enterprises in the EU that fit the official definition of a SME, the SME Fund offers a maximum reimbursement of 1500 EUR per applicant. SMEs can apply for:

  • 75% discount in IP pre-diagnostic fees (IP Scan), services facilitated by participating National IP Offices; and/or
  • 50% discount in trade mark and design application fees (national, regional and EU).

Intellectual property is extremely valuable for many companies and often a tool to maintain a competitive advantage over their competitors. Solid and innovative ways of developing, exploiting and protecting these precious assets are, therefore, required to stay ahead of the game. Our firm advises on all intellectual property areas, including copyrights, trademarks, design rights, trade name rights, brands, patents and trade secrets.

For further information on our intellectual property services as well as on whether your company is eligible to receive the EU financial support referred above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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