COSME initiatives supporting Intellectual Property

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The protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is important for promoting innovation and creativity, developing employment, and improving competitiveness. Creating a supportive economic environment is one of the priorities of the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs (COSME). The IPA4SME and IPR SME Helpdesks are two COSME funded initiatives aiming to provide SMEs with advice, financial support and guidance on IPR. Let’s take a closer look!

IPA4SME –boosting IP protection for innovative SMEs

The initiative “Boosting the use of Intellectual Property (IP) with an action specifically designed for Innovative SMEs” (IPA4SME) offers SMEs services to protect and value their IP assets. IPA4SME services are open to SMEs that received the Seal of Excellence from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Under the first IPA4SME open call, they can receive financial support (up to EUR 15,000 per company) and tailored IP services. Applications are open until 7 June 2019.

IPA4SME support includes:

  • Free IP pre-diagnostics: a customised report by a verified IP expert on their business strategy (available to SMEs registered in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden)
  • Reimbursement of IP protection costs: including eligible costs of qualified IP attorney and European patent application fees, for all EU and COSME countries

IP helpdesks: supporting internalisation of SMEs

There are altogether four IP helpdesks, which provide:

  • free advice and training for SMEs preparing to internationalise
  • IP guidance for SMEs already present in third markets

The European IPR Helpdesk offers tailored advice to:

  • researchers and European SMEs participating in EU-funded research projects
  • SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes

Three specialised helpdesks support European SMEs in China, South-East Asia and Latin America. These multilingual helpdesks offer free services, including:

  • confidential first-line advice on registering formal IPRs (such as patents, trademarks or design rights)
  • advice on managing intellectual property as business assets
  • advice on dealing with intellectual property rights infringements
  • information and training

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