SMEs: Get financial support for trademark and design application fees

During 2021, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for financial support for trademark and design application fees. The support is granted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO. You can get financial support for national applications filed with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and for EU trademark and Community design applications filed with the EUIPO. National trademarks and design rights give protection in Finland, and EU trademarks and Community designs give protection in the EU.

You can get 50% off your basic application fees by applying for financial support. Maximum support for each company is 1,500 euros.

How to apply

There are five designated application periods during 2021. The next application period begins on 1 March 2021.

See dates of all application periods.

To receive financial support:

  1. Apply for support using the EUIPO online filing service.
  2. File your trademark or design applications within 30 days of receiving a positive grant decision on the support from the EUIPO.
  3. Submit your request for reimbursement to the EUIPO. You will receive the payment within one month.

Read the checklist for applicants before you apply.

Please note that you can only file one financial support application for each application period and get financial support for application fees only once.

Go to the instructions at the EUIPO website.

Go to questions and answers at the EUIPO website.

IP pre-diagnostic service will also be available in Finland

Financial support is also provided for IP pre-diagnostic services (IP Scan) in those member states where the service is available. The service is not yet provided in Finland, but our goal is to make it available in May 2021. You can apply for financial support for application fees and for IP pre-diagnostic services. This means that if you have applied for and received support for application fees in March, you can also apply for and receive support for IP pre-diagnostic services in May. Please note that the maximum financial support is 1,500 euros. It covers both application fees and IP pre-diagnostic services.

For further information, please contact:

Tuulimarja Myllymäki
Head Legal Adviser
Finnish Patent and Registration Office
Tel. +358 29 509 5399

Olli Ilmarinen
Development Specialist
Finnish Patent and Registration Office
Tel. +358 29 509 5236

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Latest update 18.02.2021