Jul 08, 2019

The IPA4SME call has been re-opened on 8 July 2019, given the overwhelming response to the first cut-off date of the IPA4SME Action, and the initially allocated budget not being sufficient to provide support to all of the services requested by the applicants. For this reason, new Rules for Implementation are being defined in order to increase budget flexibility in the future. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Parties that have submitted an application to the first cut-off date will have the option to resubmit their previous application. The new cut-off date is Thursday 26 September 2019.

The “Boosting the use of Intellectual Property with an action specifically designed for Innovative SMEs” (IP4SME) campaign is looking for SMEs in need of assistance with their IP valorisation. IP4SME presents a unique business opportunity for SMEs to acquire Intellectual Property Valorisation and Protection (IP Intellectual Property), through a variety of IP related services.

The beneficiaries of these IP services are SMEs that have been awarded the Seal of Excellencefrom the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, and they can apply for the following:

  • Free IP Pre-diagnostics: a customised report by a verified IP Expert on your business strategy related to IP with recommendations on achieving a secure and efficient exploitation of your assets (this service is available to SMEs registered in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden).

  • Financial reimbursement of IP protection costs, specifically eligible costs of qualified IP attorney and European patent application fees, for all EU and COSME countries.