Eligible SMEs may receive up to 15.000 EUR worth of support services for their IP valorisation and protection strategy.

The SMEs selected in the Open Call will become beneficiaries. For each service there will be a simple process to follow for the selected SMEs, which is detailed below:

IP Pre-diagnostics (Service 1)

  1. The Coordination Centre will facilitate the initial contact between the beneficiary and the designated expert. This process will differ slightly depending on the beneficiary’s country of registration.
  2. The SMEs and the IP experts will arrange a schedule for the IP Pre-diagnostic service. The meeting can be conducted face-to-face or virtually.
  3. The expert will deliver the results of the complete analysis in a confidential report. Main competencies and areas of development of the SME in terms of IP will be highlighted.
  4. Upon completion of the service the beneficiary will be asked to respond to a Satisfaction Survey, which will include questions regarding their overall satisfaction with the IP pre-diagnostic service.

IP Protection Co-financing, for a unique European patent application process

Please consider that it has been established that each granted co-financing Services will be for a unique European patent application process. In other words, if a company has several patent applications processes in the pipeline, they may then submit several IPA4SME applications (in the same cut-off date or in future ones).

Partial reimbursement of EPO fees (Service 2)

  1. To receive reimbursement, SMEs will need to submit the EPO Patent registration payment receipt for an eligible patent application. The invoice and proof of payment must be issued after the service was awarded.
  2. The submission must be performed within 4 months of date after the service was awarded.
  3. Once the receipt has been verified by the Coordination Centre the SME will receive the corresponding reimbursement.
  4. Beneficiaries will be reimbursed for 75% of the EPO fee stated on the payment receipt, up to a maximum amount of 2.500 EUR per IPA4SME application awarded.

Partial reimbursement of IP attorney fees (Service 3)

  1. To receive reimbursement, SMEs will need to submit an invoice from an IP Patent Attorney entitled to act before the EPO. A list of professionals qualified to represent beneficiaries before the EPO can be found here. The invoice and proof of payment must be issued after the service was awarded.
  2. The submission must be performed within 4 months of date after the service was awarded.
  3. Once the receipt has been verified by the Coordination Centre the SME will receive the corresponding reimbursement.
  4. Beneficiaries will be reimbursed for 50% of the amount of the invoice from the IP Patent Attorney, up to a maximum amount of 2.000 EUR per IPA4SME application awarded.

More information for Beneficiaries is available through the IPA4SME electronic submission system (EMS).

Access EMS here