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If you are a small business owner looking for support in managing your intellectual property (IP) on this page you will find guides, elearning resources, as well as videos with testimonials of companies making the most of IP assets such as trade marks, designs and patents.
Before applying we look at the markets we would like to enter - we started with a Dutch trade mark registration and we now have seven EU trade marks.
Based in Hungary, we sell all over the world, so it was important to get protection within the EU - applying for an EU trade mark is the fastest and most cost effective way.
CO2Logic is based in Brussels, but we are active internationally, which is why we see the benefits of having an EU trade mark for all EU countries.
Our products are a feeder business from IKEA so our market is where IKEA has its market. IKEA operates in all European countries, so for us, the EU trade mark was a natural choice!
You apply once and it covers you all across the European territory, which is fantastic!
The RCD is, for us, a decisive aid because it's economical, quick to obtain and it works in all countries of the EU.
We are in global competition even though we are based in Finland, we have to prove our originality and tell that the design is from our company.
The EUIPO has launched the Ideas Powered for Business hub, with a range of initiatives to support small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. The hub has information on trade marks and designs geared toward businesses, as well as personalised free intellectual property support.
The Observatory has developed an Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Guide (ACT Guide) intended for all traders and business – including small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) – that are interested in learning more and implementing anti-counterfeiting solutions as well as building an anti-counterfeiting strategy. It is built on the basis of research by the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office, and with the support of members of the Observatory Expert Groups Anti-counterfeiting Technologies and Impact of Technology.