On 22 January, the deadline for applying for this year’s EUIPO Ideas Powered for Business Funds opens. This funding program aims to help SMEs to co-finance activities related to industrial and intellectual property and to promote the protection of their rights.
The SME Fund, with a budget of 20 million euros, consists of different vouchers that provide coverage for modalities such as trademarks, designs, patents and plant varieties. The deadline for applying for the subsidy is 6 December 2024, if the budget is not exhausted before then, and it is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible costs for each voucher are as follows:
- Trademark and design protection at regional, national and EU level: up to €1,000 per beneficiary, eligible SMEs may apply for a 75% reimbursement of application, class, examination, registration, publication and deferment of publication fees to acquire trademark and design protection in the EU.
- International trademark and design protection: In this case, SMEs may apply for reimbursement of up to a maximum of 50%. This includes basic fees and designation fees including EU Member States or EUIPO. Processing fees charged by the office of origin for an international trademark or design application are excluded.
- Protection of national and European patents: With up to EUR 3,500 per beneficiary, for national patents 75% (up to a maximum of EUR 1,500) of the application, search, examination, publication and grant fees will be reimbursed. For European patents, the reimbursement is also 75% for application and search fees. In addition, the legal costs of drafting and filing a new European patent application will be reimbursed at 50%, up to a maximum of EUR 2 000.
- Community Plant Variety Protection: Up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 per beneficiary, 75% of the filing and online examination fees will be reimbursed.
At PONTI & PARTNERS we offer our services to facilitate this task to interested SMEs. You can request more information or resolve any doubts about these grants, here.
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