IPA4SME provides financial and expert support for intellectual property (IP)valorisation and protection services to SMEs which have received a Seal of Excellence from the H2020 SME Instrument program, worth up to 15.000 EUR.
Protection of IP is crucial for promoting innovation and boosting the competitiveness of European SMEs. In order to support SMEs, IPA4SME offers the following services:
- IP Pre-diagnostics: Free of charge expert analysis of SMEs’ existing technology and knowledge assets along with a customised IP business strategy.
- IP Protection Co-financing: Partial reimbursement of the costs associated with the IP registration process. This support will be provided through 2 distinct services
- EPO fee reimbursement: For each EPO patent application, beneficiaries will receive 75% of the corresponding EPO fee with a limit of 2.500 EUR per patent application. This service will be limited to 5 applications per SME
- IP attorney fee reimbursement: For each patent application process beneficiaries will receive 50% of their IP attorney costs up to 2.000 EUR. The IP attorneys must be entitled to act before the EPO. There is no limit to the number of applications for this service but each application must be associated with a unique patent application process.
IPA4SME is a COSME action being carried out by a consortium composed of CARSA (Leader and Coordination Centre), the University of Alicante and GOPAcom.