Grant for trade mark registration
This is the right time for the trademark registration. You can be reimbursed up to maximum of EUR 1.500.
In the beginning of 2021, the EU created The Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund to help European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access their intellectual property rights.
The SME Fund will co-finance two types of services:
a. service 1: IP pre-diagnostic service (‘IP scan’);
b. service 2: trade marks and designs basic application fees.
The co-financing limits are the following:
a. 75 % for the service 1;
b. 50 % for the service 2.
The applicant is able to apply for the service 1 as well as the service 2 together. Also, multiple applications in several windows (see below) are possible. However, the total amount which can be granted to any single applicant is limited to EUR 1.500.
Who is eligible for the grant?
To be eligible, applicants must be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as defined by the EU legislation.
What are the targeted actions by the grant?
The objective of the SME Fund is to financially support EU SMEs that either wish to
a) receive an IP pre-diagnostic service (‘IP scan’) through the European IP offices offering such a service or (service 1) to
b) directly protect their trade marks and designs, through the national, regional and/or EU IP systems (service 2).
What are the applications windows?
The call for proposals will be opened in five different windows for submissions:
a) from 11. 1. to 31. 1. 2021
b) from 1. 3. to 31. 3. 2021
c) from 1. 5. to 31. 5. 2021
d) from 1. 7. to 31. 7. 2021
e) from 1. 9. to 31. 9. 2021
The volume of the SME Fund for each window is limited and applications can be submitted by the SMEs from across the EU. The applications will be assessed on „First come, first served.“ basis. Therefore, I recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.
Free consultations and filing the application for the grant
If you are interested in applying for the grant, but struggling with the formalities, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to advise you on the entire application process and prepare and file the application for you. I provide these services free of charge.
The key advantage is that you don’t risk anything. You submit an application for an IP scan or a trademark or industrial design application only after a positive grant decision.
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