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.
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The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk is a free service co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which provides practical, objective and factual information aimed to help European SMEs to understand business tools for developing IPR value and managing risk.