SMEs - Information pages for small and medium-sized enterprises
Think - protect - benefit
Greeting from the President
On these pages, the DPMA provides a special information service for SMEs which sheds light on the various aspects of protection and which is intended to encourage people to handle their own intellectual property more consciously. We would like to draw your attention to the numerous information and funding opportunities and support you in your (corporate) decision on how to deal with your intellectual property. Especially today in times of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and in view of international economic interrelations, this is more important than ever. Protecting IP is easier, cheaper and more important than you might think!
Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the DPMA
Over 95 percent of all companies in Europe are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In Germany, even 99.6 percent of all companies subject to value added tax are SMEs. Nearly 60 percent of all employees work at these companies. SMEs and their innovative strength are the economic engine of this country.
About 70 percent of all German companies are affected by product and trade mark piracy. According to the 2016 Product Piracy Study conducted by the VDMA working group for product and know-how protection (Frankfurt/Main, 2016), companies in the mechanical engineering and plant engineering sector record an estimated loss of over seven billion euros per year.
Adequate protection of intellectual property can be a key factor for the success of small and medium-sized enterprises. IP rights are strategic assets that increase the value of a company and promote its innovative capacity and profitability – regardless of the company size. However, many SMEs do not make effective use of their intellectual property to gain a competitive advantage. Often there is no strategy for dealing with IP rights – but something can be done about that.
About the content of the SME pages
The following web pages provide information on these topics:
- Why IP rights?
- What is IP?
- How do I protect my IP?
- Where can I find information?
- Enforcing IP rights
- Road to success
Last updated: 14/12/18