COVID-19 has severely impacted SMEs in the European Union (EU). This is a great opportunity for you to support SMEs at this challenging time.
The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted SMEs in the EU, threatening massive job losses and closures. Therefore, the EUIPO has decided to embark on a number of initiatives to support SMEs in these difficult times.
One of the initiatives is the acceleration of the pro bono services under the SME Programme starting this year. SMEs represent 99 % of all businesses in the EU.
To allow the EUIPO to rapidly introduce the initiative we will start with a pilot. You, as a Key User, are a crucial part of this. The EUIPO is looking to draw up a list of IP law firms, lawyers, attorneys and specialists willing to offer pro bono IP services to SMEs within the Member States of the EU.
It is a great opportunity for you to support SMEs during this crisis, and significantly contribute to advancing the understanding and use of IP by SMEs. At the same time, it will help you to gain a better understanding of the IP needs of SMEs.