Today’s economy is increasingly driven by intangible values like knowledge, inventiveness and creativity. The European IPR Helpdesk believes that the ability to turn these ideas into innovative business ideas is an essential asset for the competitiveness of your company – now and in the future. However, innovating involves costs, as well as risks of being copied by competitors. This is why the professional management of your intellectual property rights (trade marks, designs, copyrights or patents, among others) is crucial to ensure that you can make the most of your company’s or research project’s innovative potential. By granting you a time-limited form of monopoly, intellectual property rights offers you the chance to enjoy a return on the investment done, while helping you prevent others from free-riding on your efforts. Intellectual property is indeed your ticket to innovation.
With this in mind the European IPR Helpdesk brings you the IP SME Corner, containing useful information for European Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) interested in intellectual property.
Do you need basic, free of charge advice to help you make informed decisions on your intellectual property? Below you will find where to go:
The European IPR Helpdesk is the official IP service initiative of the European Commission providing free-of-charge, first-line advice and information on intellectual property rights. The service is targeted at organisations participating in EU-funded research projects, as well as SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes. For further information, please click here.
Among other business-oriented services, the Enterprise Europe Network offers information and advice on intellectual property issues close to where you are. The Network works closely with specialist organisations that help small businesses to use intellectual property rights to protect and profit from their ideas and innovation. To find the Enterprise Europe Network contact point closest to you, please click here.
The European IPR Helpdesk and the Enterprise Europe Network have joined forces and launched a network of European IPR Helpdesk Ambassadors. The Ambassadors provide IP training and information in their respective local language. For further information on the European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador scheme, please click here.
The websites of the different EU Intellectual Property Offices offer valuable practical information on intellectual property at national level. Moreover, depending on the country, several services are offered to companies. To find the contacts of EU Intellectual Property Offices, we suggest you to consult INNOVACCESS. For basic information on the legal framework in the different European Union countries, you can also consult Your Europe.
The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports EU SMEs to both protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
The South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk supports EU SMEs to both protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in or relating to South-East Asian countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. This helpdesk provides free information and services, which take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk offers free of charge, first-line support on IP and IPR matters that aims to facilitate the expansion of European SMEs already established at, or working with entities in Mercosur and Chile as well as those potentially interested in establishing commercial and R&D activities and ventures in these countries.
If you need IP professional support, it is important to contact someone with the right skills and experience. The European IPR Helpdesk can help you find contacts of IP professionals near you. Please contact our Helpline.