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Overview of current selected programmes funded by the EU with a focus on intellectual property – status 10/2019


VIP4SME

The main goal of the VIP4SME project (Value Intellectual Property for SMEs), funded by the European Commission within the framework of the COSME programme, is to sustainably enhance and provide support services to SMEs to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. To meet this challenge, National Intellectual Property Offices (NIPOs) of the EU member states (the DPMA is one of them) and countries participating in Horizon2020 work together with local partners, as for example patent information centres, chambers of commerce and industry, and research and transfer organisations.

Funding volume 3 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project 12/2015 - 12/2019
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.innovaccess.eu

Intellectual Property Booster (IP Booster)

The project of the EU Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) focuses on a new specialised, professional IP service for public research organisations that want to realise value out of their research results. IP Booster provides services to support R&D organisations and universities in marketing their IP portfolios. Services eligible for funding: IP audit, patent landscaping, IP due diligence, preparation of patent, design and trade mark applications, novelty assessment, advice and assistance in negotiations on technology transfer contracts.

Funding volume 2,5 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project 12/2018 - 12/2021
Target group Universities, technology transfer organisations and public research organisations/universities
Subsidies up to 24,000 euros max.
Information www.ipbooster.meta-group.com

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IPA4SME

The EU Commission’s pilot project (DG Growth) offers financial and expert support for intellectual property (IP) valorisation and protection services to SMEs that have been awarded a Seal of Excellence (SOE) from the H2020 SME Instrument programme, including IP pre-diagnostics (IP audit), pro-rata reimbursement of EPO fees (maximum 2,500 euros per patent application) and of legal fees up to 2,000 euros.

In Germany, the patent information centres have been accredited as experts in IP pre-diagnostics by the EU Commission and should be contacted directly by companies, if necessary.

Funding volume 4,3 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project 12/2018 - 12/2020
Target group SMEs
Subsidies up to 15,000 euros max. per SME
Information www.ipa4sme.eu

KnowingIPR

The KnowingIPR project, funded by the European Commission within the INTERREG programme, above all, aims at improving protection and exploitation of intellectual property for SMEs (acting as multipliers) in the Danube region. For this purpose, it aims to support regional SMEs and research organisations in enhancing IPR competences and to develop an open-access platform and toolbox for knowledge transfer.

Funding volume 2 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project 07/2018 - 06/2021
Target group Universities and TTO
Subsidies No
Information www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/knowing-ipr

IPMED

The IPMED project (IP Capacities for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Mediterranean Region), funded by the European Commission under the ENI CBC "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme", intends to help local authorities in the project region understand how they can better support entrepreneurs in using and optimising their intellectual property rights.

Funding volume 1,1 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project 05/2019 - 04/2022
Target group SMEs and start-ups
Subsidies No
Information www.enicbcmed.eu/projects/ipmed

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ARISE Plus Intellectual Property Rights (ARISE+ IPR)

The programme is one of the components under the Enhanced ASEAN Regional Integration Support of the European Union, or ARISE Plus for short. The IP programme supports regional integration through intellectual property cooperation and aims to upgrade the systems for creation, protection, utilisation, administration and enforcement of intellectual property, in line with international best practices and standards and the strategic objectives of the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan 2016-2025. ARISE+ IPR is funded by the European Union and implemented by the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Funding volume 5,5 million euros
Partner National Intellectual Property Offices in the ASEAN region, ASEAN intermediaries
Duration of project 01/2018 - 01/2023
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.ariseplus.asean.org

IP Key China

The EU project to improve cooperation between the EU and China with regard to selected new intellectual property (IP) challenges, is directed and funded by the European Commission and implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). IP Key China aims to support and facilitate market access to international firms and innovators, to increase transparency and improve the implementation of intellectual property and the IP enforcement system.

Funding volume 6 million euros
Partner Representatives of the EU Commission, EPO, EUCCC, CPVO, CNIPA, MOFCOM, MCAC, etc.
Duration of project 01/2016 - 05/2022
Target group Stakeholders/Participants in the EU-China IP Dialogues
Subsidies No
Information www.ipkey.eu/en/china

IPR SME Helpdesks

All four IPR Helpdesks are funded by the Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GD Growth) of the European Commission from the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The IPR Helpdesks support European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in Europe or relating to China, Latin America, South-East Asia through the provision of free information and services. This takes the form of jargon-free, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues as well as training, materials and online resources.

The European IP Helpdesk provides free advice and information on intellectual property (IP) and focuses on EU SMEs, participants and candidates for EU-funded projects, and EU innovation stakeholders for a stronger IP implementation in the EU innovation ecosystem.

Funding volume 5 million euros
Partner Universities and research service provider
Duration of project 12/2018 - 12/2023
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.iprhelpdesk.eu/services/de

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China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in or relating to China through the provision of free information and services.

Funding volume 3,2 million euros
Partner Universities and research service provider
Duration of project 06/2018 - 06/2022
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu

Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk

The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in or relating to Latin America through the provision of free information and services.

Funding volume 3,4 million euros
Partner Universities and research service provider
Duration of project 06/2018 - 06/2022
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.latinamerica-ipr-helpdesk.eu/about-us

South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk

The South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to protect and enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights in or relating to South-East Asia through the provision of free information and services.

Funding volume 3,4 million euros
Partner Universities and research service provider
Duration of project 06/2018 - 06/2022
Target group SMEs
Subsidies No
Information www.southeastasia-iprhelpdesk.eu

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Last updated: 20 October 2020 

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