In the EU, an estimated 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for approximately 70% of EU jobs and GDP, and their flexibility is seen as a major motor of future innovation and job creation. The innovation and growth potential of European SMEs is pivotal for the prosperity of the EU as a whole. However, in the global marketplace, it is becoming increasingly difficult for SMEs to develop and maintain a competitive advantage. Great business ideas need access to an array of business tools and support to remain one step ahead of the competition.
International IP Organisations
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) SME Division
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
China IPR SME Helpdesk www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in or relating to ASEAN, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk project is co-funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The current project will run from January 2013 – December 2014, and comprises a total budget of EUR 1.2 million over the two year period.
The Helpdesk Update is the quarterly newsletter distributed by the ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk. As well as containing news about upcoming Helpdesk activities and new resources for your business, each edition focuses on a specific IP issue, giving subscribers key facts, recommended actions, and illustrative case studies.
The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk organises training events in European and ASEAN nations which are free for European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend. Each event features an interactive presentation from an ASEAN intellectual property expert(s) and also provides your business with the opportunity to sit down for a free, 20-minute one-on-one advice session with the expert (first-come, first-serve basis). To see which events are coming up near you, click the “Calendar” to the right.