EUIPO Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund – window 5 now open
The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund is a European Commission initiative implemented by the EUIPO and national IP Offices to financially support European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Window 5 for applications opened from 1 September till 30 September 2021.
The Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) now offers Irish SMEs the possibility of obtaining 75% off the cost of an IP pre-diagnostic service (IP scan). The pre-diagnostic service or IP scan is aimed at providing a practical, objective and factual analysis of an SMEs business model and to identify the intellectual assets held and the possible IP protection options for those assets. Irish SME’s can receive 50% off the basic application fees of national, regional and EU trade marks and designs. Each SME can be reimbursed up to a maximum of €1,500.
Further information is available from the EUIPO. Enquiries to the IPOI can be made to: SMEFund@IPOI.gov.ie
Where the EUIPO SME Fund IP pre-diagnostic report makes a recommendation that an SME has intangible assets which may have the potential to be developed into an application for a European patent, the company may be able to apply for and potentially receive reimbursement of costs associated with obtaining a European patent under the IPA4SME programme, viz:
- Receive 50% of the Patent Attorney fees related to a European Patent application, up to €2,000 per application process.
- Receive 75% of the cost of a European Patent Application, up to €2,500 per patent application.
To be considered eligible to apply for such reimbursement, an SME should obtain a certificate from their IP pre-diagnostic service provider that their innovation(s) may potentially be protected by a patent.
Additional information on how to apply is available at the following link Guidelines | IPA4SME