Fabian Demicoli

50% Off Trade mark and design application fees for SMEs

Each SME can be reimbursed up to a maximum of EUR 1 500

Innovation play a key role in the EU SMEs’ businesses, and intellectual property rights are a vital tool in promoting this innovation.

The European Commission in collaboration with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are organising a significant number of initiatives for SMEs within the context of a fully-fledged and structured strategic programme. Through its SME programme, the EUIPO addresses the need to make IP services more accessible for smallet businesses, and to encourage SMEs to increase their competitiveness through better use and protection of intellectual property rights.

The European Commission has proposed that the EUIPO financially supports and implements an action, the “SME Fund”, within the pos-Covid-19 recovery action plan for EU SMEs’.

The objective of this action is to financially support those EU SMEs that wish to protect their Trademarks and Designs by using part of the EUIPO’s financial reserves. The action is limited in time (over the year 2021) and has been established through the awarding of grants to SMEs in accordance with a pre-defined set of principles and criteria.

SMEs are being offered 50% reimbursement of the application fee incurred when applying for trademark or design protection at any of the national IP offices of the EU.

There is no limit to the number of trademarks and/or designs application that the SME can apply for. However, the SME will be reimbursed 50% of the basic application fees up to a maximum of €1,500.

What to do:

  1. Apply for the grant at the EUIPO and wait for the grant decision – Click to apply online

  2. Apply for trademark or design registration within 30 days of receiving the grant decision

  3. After paying for the application, submit a request for payment before 31st December 2021 using the link included in the grant decision.

 

SME FUND FAQs – click here

Should you have any questions about the SME fund you may also contact the EUIPO directly by email at or by phone on +34 965 139 100 or get in touch with our EU Affairs Executive, Fabian Demicoli by sending an email to fabian.demicoli@smechamber.mt.

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