Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and their protection is important for promoting innovation and creativity and improving competitiveness. the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs (COSME) aims at creating a supportive economic environment. The IPA4SME is one of COSME funded initiatives aiming to provide SMEs with advice, financial support and guidance on IPR.
PA4SME –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
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