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The unitary patent system

The EU Single Market is about to enter a new era of promoting investment in innovation. The long-awaited arrival of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court are set to become operational in early 2023. Read more and save the date for the conference in November 2022!

Geographical indications (GIs) infographic

What is a GI and why is it important to protect EU GIs in South-East Asia? Read more on this infographic providing you with information on how the Helpdesk can help you protect your business and innovations.

Get in touch with our experts

The Helpline service provides free first-line assistance on Intellectual Property protection and IP rights enforcement in South-East Asia. All questions sent through this service will receive a tailor-made answer by our IP experts within no more than 3 working days. Stay informed, and stay safe!

Upcoming & past webinars

If you have missed one of our past webinars, on this page you will find the recordings and presentations of trainings, information sessions and more.

Happy New Year!

All of us at the South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. We hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2022. We're on hand with all the IP advice you need!

Join the 6 regional IP Helpdesks at the 2022 edition of the Industry Days and Industry Week!

The IP Helpdesk family will participate in EU Industry Days and EU Industry Week 2022: Join us for Europe’s annual flagship events in February Between 8 and 11 February 2022, the EU Industry Days will bring together government actors, industry players and academia to discuss industry challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue. Since 2017, the EU Industry Days have become the flagship EU event on industrial policy and gather thousands of participants each year. In addition a wide range of side-events are taking place across the EU and beyond as part of this year’s EU Industry Week until the end of February 2022.

New EU SME fund 2022

The Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).

WIPO Global Awards

WIPO's Global Awards program recognizes exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property (IP) to make a positive impact - both at home and beyond their own borders.

EISMEA: Survey on trade secrets and shared data

On behalf of DG GROW, EISMEA has commissioned a study to investigate to what extent the legal protection of trade secrets can help creating a safe environment for the business-to-business data sharing. The information will help the European Commission to reflect on policy measures that intend to improve data sharing practices while protecting the economic interests of European firms. Please note: The questionnaire does not enquire into any specific trade secrets of your company or organisation. All responses will be treated confidentially and published only in aggregate anonymised form, in line with GDPR requirements. The study team hereby acts as data processor for the European Commission (who is the data controller). Deadline: 25 October 2021

IP protection in the South-East Asia region: What EU SMEs should know

SMEs that own IPRs generate 68 % higher revenue per employee than SMEs that do not own any IPRs at all, according to the latest study published in 2021 by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on IPRs and firm performance in the EU.