SME Fund – Grant Programme for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, have the opportunity to receive financial support to protect and develop control over their intellectual property under the Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund grant programme. The support is granted by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

What is the support granted for?

Small and medium-sized companies can be granted support for

  • trademark and design application fees
  • national patent application fees and
  • the IP pre-diagnostic service (IP Scan).

How much support can my company receive?

The EUIPO grants companies two types of vouchers.

  • Voucher 1 (€1,500 in value) is intended for trademark and design application fees and the IP pre-diagnostic service (IP Scan).
  • Voucher 2 (€750 in value) is intended for office fees of national patent applications.

In 2022, your company can apply for both vouchers and be granted one of each. Therefore, your company can get up to €2,250 in financial support.

How much of the fees is reimbursed?

The amount of the grant depends on the applications your company has filed and the services it has ordered. The reimbursed share of the fees also varies according to the object the support is granted for, as follows:

  • 90% reimbursement for IP pre-diagnostic services (IP Scan)
  • 75% reimbursement for national trademark and design application fees (including additional class fees) at national offices inside the EU (for example at the PRH in Finland)
  • 75% reimbursement for EU trademark and design application fees, additional class fees, as well as examination, registration, publication and deferment of publication fees at the European Union Intellectual Property Office EUIPO
  • 50% reimbursement for basic application fees and designation fees of trademark and design applications outside the EU
  • 50% reimbursement for office fees related to national patent applications (application and publication fees) at national offices inside the EU (for example at the PRH in Finland)

Who can apply and when?

The SME Fund is open for grant applications from 10 January 2022 to 16 December 2022.

An SME established in the EU or a representative authorised to legally represent the SME can file a grant application. However, the grant is always paid directly to the company.

Your company can apply for and receive a grant irrespective of whether it was granted financial support by the SME Fund in 2021.

Proceed as follows:

1. File a grant application on the EUIPO website.

2. Wait for a grant decision and voucher from the EUIPO.

3. Apply for a trademark, design and/or a patent or order the IP Scan service.

4. File a request for reimbursement with the EUIPO.

Please note: Do not file any applications or order the IP Scan service before you receive a successful grant decision and your voucher (= financial commitment). The support cannot be granted afterwards.

Read further instructions and file an application on the EUIPO website.

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Read more about the IP pre-diagnostic service (IP Scan) on our website.

How to use the vouchers

The vouchers are valid for 4 months from the date the support is granted. If needed, the validity period can be extended by an additional 2 months by separate request.

During the validity period, your company can file applications and purchase services and, afterwards, request reimbursement from the EUIPO. The voucher is activated once you request reimbursement.

Once your voucher is activated, its implementation period begins. During the implementation period, your company can file more applications and/or order the IP pre-diagnostic service, as well as request further reimbursements from the EUIPO.

Once activated, the implementation period for voucher 1 is 6 months, and for voucher 2 (patents) 12 months. After the implementation period, your company has a grace period of 30 days to request reimbursement from the EUIPO.

More information on the SME Fund

The SME Fund is included in the Ideas Powered for Business programme of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and in the Action Plan on Intellectual Property of the European Commission. The national and regional IP offices in the EU also participate in implementing the programme.

Read more about the Ideas Powered for Business programme.


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Latest update 18.01.2022