Applications for IP vouchers open

Applications for IP vouchers open

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) runs a grant program designed to help EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) protect their intellectual property rights (IV) and acts as a reimbursement fund.

The total funds for 2024 amount to EUR 20 million, and from our experience in previous years, the Fund was extremely successful and was completely exhausted already in the fall of last year.

Small and medium-sized enterprises can apply for one or more value vouchers.

There are 4 vouchers available:
Voucher 1 – for IP Scan service costs;
Voucher 2 – for the costs of trademark and industrial design registration through national, regional, European and international protection systems;
Voucher 3 – for patent application costs at the national or regional level, state-of-the-art search services and legal representation costs for drawing up and submitting a European patent application (only for representatives in the Register of the European Patent Office – EPO);
Voucher 4 – for the costs of applying for protection of plant varieties at the level of the European Union – costs of online application and examination.

More information at the link of the State Institute for Intellectual Property.

If you are interested in CGDA organizing a short workshop on the application process, send an email with the content “I am interested in participating in a workshop related to applying for IP vouchers” and your company’s contact information to info@cgda.eu by February 11, 2024.