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30 October 2020

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is firmly establishing its network with the signing of a new collaboration agreement with the International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME).

INSME is a not-for-profit association working under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that has the support of 67 members from 31 different countries.

INSME is working towards a more robust global business environment for SMEs and the creation of an increasingly fertile innovation ecosystem. Intellectual Property can play an important role in the protection of innovative ideas when integrated in the creation process.

This collaboration agreement enables both organisations to work in pursuit of a common goal, to foster growth and empower SMEs.

As part of EUIPO's Strategic Plan, the SME Programme, under the ‘Ideas Powered for business’ brand aims to support and empower SMEs on their business journey. This project offers made-to-measure information support for SMEs, as well as the possibility to sign up for free personalised legal advice on their intellectual property questions.

Under this agreement, several joint initiatives are foreseen, including webinars, training modules and exchange of information through the communication channels of both organisations. 

Sourced from EUIPO.