Are you still wondering whether to register your trademark or your design? At the moment, you can recuperate up to 75% of the application fee. This is possible through the IP voucher campaign from the SME Fund, a European Commission initiative.
The intellectual property rights voucher (IP voucher) is a promotional campaign to support businesses that want to protect their IP rights. The SME Fund is implemented by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office). BOIP works closely in cooperation with EUIPO. So, if you are considering registering your trademark or your design with BOIP, now is the time for you to take advantage of this offer.
Why register your trademark or your design?
As an entrepreneur, you invest your time, energy and money in your business. You build up a good name and in doing so, you create value. That value lies in your trade name, the name of your product or service, or in your logo. You register your trade name with the Chamber of Commerce or the Kruispuntbank, but that does not fully protect it against counterfeiting and unauthorised use. It is therefore advisable to also protect your name or logo legally with a registered Benelux or European trademark. More about trademarks
As an entrepreneur, is your main focus product conception, creation and design? If so, it might be wise to record your design or drawing (or a combination of both) in a design registration. More about designs
What costs can you recuperate?
Through the IP voucher you can already recuperate up to 75% of the costs of a trademark or design application with BOIP. But you can also partially recuperate other costs too.
How does the IP voucher work?
- Open an SME Fund account
- Request the IP voucher
- Wait for confirmation from EUIPO that you meet the conditions (this takes approximately 2 weeks)
- Submit your trademark or design application to BOIP
- Cash in your IP voucher (reimbursement takes approximately 1 month).
Do you have questions?
If you would like more information about this campaign or need assistance with your trademark or design registration application, we will be pleased to help!
For help with the procedure to obtain the IP voucher, please contact EUIPO directly.