SMEs can apply for financing support under the new Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund until 31 March 2021. This is the second of five windows for applications that will be open in alternate months until September 2021.
The Fund is a € 20 million grant scheme to help enterprises in the EU, that fit the official definition of a SME, access their IP rights. Applications can be made for financial support in the form of reimbursements for trade mark and design application and for IP pre-diagnostic services (IP scan) available at participating national and regional IP offices*. Each SME that applies can be reimbursed up to a maximum amount of € 1.500.
Thanks to the efforts of some User Associations, including ECTA, professional IP representatives can now assist SMEs in deciding about the services offered through the SME Fund as well as requesting the funding in their name. This is a change in comparison to January window 1.
Kindly note that next applications windows will be open according to the following timetable: Window 3 (1 May 2021 - 31 May 2021), Window 4 (1 July 2021 - 31 July 2021), Window 5 (1 September 2021 - 30 September 2021).
Full information about the requirements and how to apply for financing support can be consulted on the EUIPO website here. Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
*Before applying, you should check the list to ensure that the IP office in your Member State offers this service.
On Tuesdays EUIPO’s Academy offers webinar courses of 30 to 60 minutes. These sessions are open to all and a live chat with the speakers will be made available. Please note that the recorded webinars are available via the same link 2 days after the broadcast.
The March schedule of the webinars is as follows:
Tuesday 9 March, 10:00-11:00 (CET): €20 m SME Fund for Intellectual Property. Get your refund! Questions & Answers - Basic
Tuesday 16 March, 10:00-11:00 (CET): AG examination of trade marks that refer to the content of the goods and services. Talking about what things are about - Intermediate
Tuesday 23 March, 10:00-11:00 (CET): Need an IP strategy? IP pre-diagnostic service (IP Scan). 75% off with SME Fund - Basic
Tuesday 23 March, 11:30-12:30 (CET): Introduction to the Geneva Act & Lisbon system for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin and Geographical indications - Intermediate
Tuesday 30 March, 10:00-12:00 (CET): Track on case Law: Decision of the trimester of the GC and CJEU – Decisions of the trimester of the EUIPO BoA - Advanced
Visit the Academy's Calendar to access the webinars and see the latest updates for the upcoming months.
On the EUIPO Learning Portal you can also find the following recently published eLearning courses:
Ideas Powered for Business Support Services for SMEs: What’s new in 2021 - Basic - Link
New kinds of evidence deriving from the internet - how should right holders present evidence to ensure success? - Intermediate - Link
Discover how to moderate like a professional - Basic - Link
Strengthening geographical indications - Basic - Link
For further information please visit the Academy's Learning Portal
SIGN UP FOR FREE FOR THE ECTA (R)ETREAT, 10 MARCH 2021 (VIRTUAL EVENT)
The 2021 edition of the ECTA (R)etreat entitled 'Case Law of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal and German Courts in relation to trade marks and designs' is coming up soon on 10 March 2021 (15:30-18:00 Brussels time) and is co-organised with Müller Schupfner & Partner, DE.
The event is usually organised in March in one of the largest cities in central Europe, though this year’s edition will be taking place online, allowing a larger number of IP professionals to benefit from a high-level discussion. Seize this chance and sign up free of charge!
You will be welcomed by ECTA President Anette Rasmussen who will introduce the event and our Association before handing over to our skilful moderator Marie-Christine Seiler (ECTA Harmonization Committee Vice-Chair, Müller Schupfner & Partner, DE) and speakers: Lars Meinhardt (Judge at the Higher Regional Court Munich, 29th Civil Senate, DE), Harri Salmi (Member of the Boards of Appeal, EUIPO, ES) and Christoph Bartos (Member of the Boards of Appeal and Mediator, EUIPO, ES).
Kindly note that the event will be in English, while some presentations will be in the German language (no translations or subtitles will be provided). To consult the programme, please click here.
Upon request, you will receive a certificate of attendance, in order to ask for CLE credits from your national Bar Association, if applicable. CLE credits are awarded or are positively considered by the responsible authorities in the Benelux, France, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Italy, UK, Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and Lithuania, among others. ECTA has contacted the responsible organisations in all other Member States, where CLE credits are required.
If you would like to secure your virtual place, please REGISTER HERE.
ECTA GENERAL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS – LAST DAYS TO APPLY FOR A COMMITTEE!
General Committee Elections are still running. Don’t forget to apply for a Committee of your choice by 5 March 2021 (no late applications can be accepted)!
Being part of an ECTA Committee is an invaluable opportunity to cooperate with many experienced professionals throughout the EU and beyond, actively contribute to relevant projects, get first-hand knowledge on all the developments in your area of interest within IP and much more. If you are interested, please carefully read the following documents before submitting your application:
- ECTA Committee Member Expectation Sheet (available when you log in to the ECTA private site/Library/Important ECTA policies) - ECTA Bulletin article on General Committee Elections 2021 - Overview of our Committees
COMMITTEE TERM: The Committee term constitutes two years and Committee members may serve on the same Committee for a maximum consecutive term of six years* (three periods of two years each).
Please note that Committee membership is not renewed automatically. Current Committee members will have to re-apply, if they have not yet reached the maximum term and wish to stay on the same Committee for a further term. Check how long you have been a member of the same Committee in ‘My Profile’ section of the ECTA website, in order to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible, you can still submit your application for another Committee or, after a break of two years (in 2023), it is possible to reapply for your current Committee.
APPLICATION PROCESS: ECTA members should apply for ONLY ONE Committee membership* by filling in the online Application Form only ONCE.
All ECTA members, both from EU and non-EU, are invited to apply for a Committee. When completing the Application Form, please indicate where required your 1st and 2nd Committee choice of preference. The list of nominations will be forwarded to the respective Committee Chair for evaluation. In case you cannot be accepted in your 1st choice, you will be automatically considered for your 2nd choice. Please, supplement your application by describing briefly your IP expertise and your previous ECTA involvement (if any) where indicated in the Application Form. The outcome of your application will be known in May/June 2021.
The Committees change-over date is on 1 July 2021, the newly composed Committees will become operational from that date onwards.
In order to apply for a Committee of your choice make sure to submit your candidacy by completing the APPLICATION FORM.
*There may be exceptions to the general rules, namely the possibility to serve in two Committees or to exceed the maximum consecutive term of six years in the same Committee. In such cases, the member has to complete the application form accordingly and contact the related Committee Chair (Chairs) at the same time. Any exception is to be approved by the ECTA Board of Directors.
We are looking forward to receiving your application and thank you in advance for the interest in serving ECTA!
eComm is the new way to communicate with the EUIPO
As we have informed you before (Upcoming changes in the way of communication with the EUIPO - Decisions No Ex-20-9 and No Ex-20-10), some changes are coming into force on the 1 March in terms of communicating with the Office.
eComm will become the way to communicate with the EUIPO in EUTM and RCD procedures and all EUIPO users who previously selected ‘Fax or Post’ as communication mode with the Office, will now receive e-communications.
Kindly note that the EUIPO has shared a brief guide on how to use eComm and its features HERE.