SMEs: Get financial support to make use of your intellectual property

Small and medium-sized companies now have the opportunity to receive financial support in order to make use of their intellectual property and to develop control over it. The support is granted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

You can get financial support for trademark and design application fees and for the IP pre-diagnostic service (IP Scan).

  • The trademark and design applications can be national applications filed with the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) or EU trademark and Community design applications filed with the EUIPO. National trademarks and design rights provide protection in Finland, and EU trademarks and Community designs provide protection throughout the EU.
  • The IP pre-diagnostic service involves intellectual property experts reviewing your company’s present state, development objectives, products, and services, and studying your company’s IP-strategy. The service can help you understand how you can develop your company’s IP strategy in the future.

Read more about the IP pre-diagnostic service.

The reimbursement is paid retrospectively and it covers 50% of your basic application fees and 75% of the price of the IP pre-diagnostic service. The maximum amount of financial support payable to each company is 1,500 euros.

How and when to apply

There are five designated application periods in 2021. The next application period begins on 1 July 2021.

See the exact dates for the application periods.

You can apply for and receive financial support for application fees and for IP pre-diagnostic services, once for both. Please note that the maximum financial support covers both application fees and IP pre-diagnostic services.

Read the checklist for applicants before you apply.

To receive financial support:

1. Apply for support using the EUIPO online filing service. Wait for a positive grant decision.

2a. If you are applying for support for trademark and design application fees, file your trademark and design applications within 30 days of receiving a positive grant decision on the support from the EUIPO.

2b. If you are applying for support for the IP pre-diagnostic service, read the service description and further instructions on our website before you apply. 

3. Submit your request for reimbursement to the EUIPO before 31 December 2021.

Read further instructions on the EUIPO website.

Read questions and answers at the EUIPO website.

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 16.06.2021