Managed by the European Commission’s DG GROW, SOLVIT is a free-of-charge service provided by the national administration in each EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The service aims to help EU citizens or businesses when they encounter a problem in another EU country because a public authority is not respecting what is required under EU law.
SOLVIT is committed to finding solutions within 10 weeks, starting on the day a case is taken on by the SOLVIT centre in the country where the problem occurred.
The service also deals with IP matters. For example: A patent lawyer based in Liechtenstein was refused permission to register a European patent by the Irish Patent Office because Liechtenstein was outside the EU. SOLVIT handled the case and explained to the Irish Patent Office that Liechtenstein is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and therefore part of the European patent system. The patent was registered and subsequently, Irish rules were also changed to make sure that members of the EEA could register European patents without problems.
To know more about SOLVIT and how the service works, please visit the SOLVIT website.