Grant programme for businesses designed to encourage registration of EU and International trademarks.
The Italian Ministry for Economic Development is continuing its efforts in support of industrial property rights through new important measures. Following an agreement with Unioncamere, € 2.8 million have been allocated to businesses towards the registration of EU and International service and trade marks.

Who’s eligible
The grants are meant to help small and medium enterprises protect their trademarks abroad by offering the following subsidies:
• Subsidies for the procurement of specialist services aimed at favouring registration of EU trademarks. The subsidy is in the form of a grant covering 80% of allowed costs up to a maximum of € 20,000. The maximum amount of the grant is € 6,000 for each trademark application filed.
• Subsidies for the procurement of specialist services aimed at favouring registration of International trademarks. The subsidy is in the form of a grant covering 80% of allowed costs. The maximum amount of the grant is:
• € 6,000 for each filed trademark application designating a single country;
• € 7,000 for each filed trademark application designating two or more countries.

If the designated countries include USA and/or Russia, the grant can cover 90% of allowed costs incurred. In this case, the maximum amount of the grant is:
• € 7,000 for each International trademark application designating China or USA;
• € 8,000 for each International trademark application designating China or USA and one or more countries.

Territorial extensions of previously registered international trademarks

In this case, the grants are cumulative up to a maximum of € 2,000. If the subsequent designation includes USA and/or China, the grants are cumulative up to a maximum amount of €6,000, provided that neither of the two countries was designated in previous grant applications.
The above measures can be cumulative up to a maximum amount of € 20,000.

Eligible expenses:
• Planning a new trademark
• Prior art searches
• Assistance in filing
• Legal assistance in trademark protection operations (opposition, rejection, queries on filed applications)
• Taxes and fees owed to competent authorities (UIBM, OHIM, WIPO).

All expenses incurred starting 15 February 2015 are eligible.
Applications may be submitted starting 1 February 2016 for as long as funds are available.

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