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 volume4,3 million euros
PartnerNational Intellectual Property Offices, intermediaries
Duration of project12/2018 - 12/2020
Subsidiesup to 15,000 euros max. per SME