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Manage your Intellectual Property in South-East Asia

SMEs

Why is the Helpdesk Relevant?

SMEs

In the EU, an estimated 23 million 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. SMEs represent 99% of all enterprises in the EU. They employ 65 million people, representing 56% of the European workforce.

The innovation and growth potential of European SMEs is pivotal for the prosperity of the EU as a whole and the Small Business Act, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the Europe 2020 strategy have reaffirmed the European Commission’s (EC) commitment to providing support for SMEs’ growth so as to ensure their continued contribution to Europe’s economic competitiveness.

Intellectual Property

What support is available for European SMEs?

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.

Understanding IP

The principle issues surrounding intellectual property development, its protection and enforcement are the same for all SMEs, however, the specifics of how they should be approached will be unique to each. The approach to IP protection outlined is relevant to all SMEs and not only those dealing with ASEAN. As with many other issues, a few basic actions can go a long way and IP is no exception.

Helpdesk customers fall into broad customer profile types. The Helpdesk provides common information services relevant to each customer profile. If you have specific questions or queries you are encouraged to use our website to ask a question.

Other Regional Helpdesks

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.

Our Partners

Become an ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk PARTNER!

WHO do we partner with?

Funded by the EU, the ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk provides FREE support to European chambers of commerce, European trade associations, and other European SME business/entrepreneurship networks and incubators, both in Europe and South-East Asia, to raise awareness about IPR in the ASEAN region for EU SMEs.

WHAT we can offer you and your members

About the Helpdesk

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.

Helpdesk Newsletters

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.