Ideas Powered for Business – SME Fund 2024

The "Ideas Powered for Business" SME Fund is a grant program designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU protect their IP rights.

Once again this year, the EUIPO has launched a grant program to help SMEs to protect their IP rights, which allows the company to access a partial reimbursement of the fees paid.

The beneficiaries of these grants will be small and medium-sized companies established in the European Union.

These grants offer the following vouchers to apply for the reimbursement of the following IP related activities:

  • Up to €1,000 for Trademarks, Designs and Models.
  • Reimbursement of 75 % of trademark and design application fees, fees for additional classes and fees for examination, registration, publication and deferment of publication in the EU and in national or regional offices.
  • Reimbursement of 50% of the basic fees for trademark and design application, designation fees and subsequent designation fees outside the EU.
    Up to 3.500 € for Patents
  • Reimbursement of 75 % of the fees for a “Prior art search report”.
  • Reimbursement of 75 % of the fees for filing, search, examination, grant and publication of national protection in an EU member state.
  • Reimbursement of 75% of the filing and search fees for European patents filed in the EPO.
  • Reimbursement of 50% of the costs of drafting and filing European patent applications, for a maximum amount of 2,000 €, provided that the service has been performed by a professional representative, a lawyer or an association of professional representatives established in the EU and registered in the official list of the EPO.
  • Up to €1,500 for Plant Varieties
  • Reimbursement of 75% of the online application and examination fees for Community Plant Variety Rights.

The process to benefit from this grant is very simple and is summarized in the following steps:

  1. Apply for the grant
  2. Receive approval of the grant and vouchers
  3. Apply for the IP activity (trademarks, designs, models, patents and plant varieties) and make the payment.
  4. Obtain reimbursement

The program will run from January 22, 2024 to December 6, 2024.

You can find more detailed information at the following link:

SME Fund – EUIPO (europa.eu)