detsember 06, 2017 Üldine

First meeting of the SME panel

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the European economy. They make up more than 99 % of all enterprises and employ 90 million people.

However, only 9 % of SMEs register intellectual property rights (IPR).

The IP Contribution study confirms that companies who register IPR have more staff, increased revenue per employee and pay higher wages.

So why do SMEs not register their IP?

On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December 2017 the EUIPO will host its first EU SME & Innovator panel with the aim of getting insights into questions such as this.

The panel will bring together SMEs from across Europe to discuss the issues facing EU businesses as well as how the EUIPO can best support them. To ensure we have an accurate impression of SMEs across the EU, the panel is made up of 12 members that represent a cross section of industries and Member States.

The role of the panel is twofold. Firstly, it will help the EUIPO/Observatory identify the issues that innovators and young entrepreneurs experience at various stages of their business life cycle so that we may understand how to help. Openness and honesty about issues will provide us with the current problems SMEs face and consequently, the chance to find innovative and practical real-world solutions. Secondly, it will act as a sounding board for honest feedback on the work of the new EU SME and IP project.

The EU SME and IP project launches in January 2018 and has been commissioned to help SMEs maximise the investments they make in innovation and creativity.

Studies such as the 2016 IP SME Scoreboard have confirmed the main reasons behind SMEs not registering are due to a lack of three things.

  • Time
  • Money
  • Knowledge

The EU SME and IP project will help SMEs access information and support relevant to them by simplifying messages and raising awareness of the value and impact of IP as well as support them in protecting their intangible assets. Close cooperation with national IP offices and user associations will be established to facilitate information sharing.