S3E Start

Insights from the Webinar with the European Union Intellectual Property Office: Financial Support for Intellectual Property in the EU through the SME Fund.

On March 26th, participants of the S3E Start program attended another insightful webinar featuring Frederico Carvalho Pinto, senior consultant at the European Union Intellectual Property Office - EUIPO. This webinar centered on the SME Fund for 2024, an initiative by the European Commission implemented through the EUIPO, offering intellectual property vouchers tailored for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the European Union.

The SME Fund, operational from January 22, 2024, to December 6, 2024, is specifically designed for SMEs keen on protecting their intellectual property rights (IPRs). Administered by the EUIPO, this grant program provides SMEs with access to four distinct vouchers, facilitating reimbursement for various IP-related activities. These include applications for trademarks, designs, patents, plant varieties, and IP Scan services. Participants can save up to 75% on IP right applications and 90% on an IP Scan, depending on the country or region. Throughout the webinar, Frederico provided in-depth insights into all four types of vouchers, offering valuable guidance to the S3E Start participants.

Participants in this program are the primary stakeholders for such information, as they stand to directly benefit from the available vouchers on their journey towards securing IP protection. These vouchers represent invaluable resources, offering a pathway for SMEs to navigate the often complex landscape of intellectual property rights. By leveraging these vouchers, participants can significantly mitigate the financial burdens associated with IP-related activities, thus empowering them to safeguard their innovations and creations effectively.

By emphasizing the benefits and opportunities available through the SME Fund, participants are now better prepared to navigate the complexities of IP protection. This knowledge will empower SMEs to make informed decisions and strategic investments in safeguarding their intellectual assets, fostering sustainable success in the competitive EU business landscape.

For those interested in learning more about the SME Fund 2024, you can watch a webinar available here or learn more about it here.

For more information on the S3E Start Program and the broader S3E Project, visit this website. Stay tuned for additional insights to further enhance your entrepreneurial journey!

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