Support program for industrial property rights – for SMEs
EU IPO Grant Program
The Ideas Powered for business SME* Fund is a grant scheme designed to help EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. The SME Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and will run from 23 January 2023 to 8 December 2023.
Why protecting your intellectual property is necessary
Protecting your IP is a must in the digital age. It is a legal way to avoid having your unique ideas, products, or services copied or used without permission. IP protection through the SME Fund can cover many different assets, including trade marks, designs, patents and plant varieties.
Who can benefit from the SME Fund
The SME Fund offers financial support to SMEs established in the European Union. The application can be submitted by an owner, an employee or an authorised external representative acting on their behalf. Grants are awarded to the SME and the reimbursement is always transferred directly to the SME bank account.
Source: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/de/online-services/sme-fund (24.05.2023)
Directly to the FAQs of the SME Fund here: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/help-sme-fund-2022
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99% of all businesses in the EU. The definition of an SME is important for access to finance and EU support programmes targeted specifically at these enterprises.