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The allocation of new funds (EUR 46 million) will allow SMEs to submit applications for non-repayable incentives under the Patent+, Design+ and Trademark+ tenders.
Applications must be submitted by September-October 2022. Further details in the article.
The Italian Ministry of Economic Development has published the calls for tenders (for 2022) designed to provide subsidies for the patenting of technological innovations and the valorisation of ideas and projects. These are basically non-repayable funds for those who have already registered trademarks, patents, designs – or plan to do so in the near future – as part of a business activity.
The operation is part of the programme established by the industrial property reform for the three-year period 2021-2023. Small and medium-sized enterprises will consequently be able to submit applications within the following timeframe
Please note, the application process requires a certain amount of preparation time, hence you should act in advance.
Patents+ is the incentive for the economic valorisation of patents operated by Invitalia.
Each application involves a non-repayable subsidy up to a maximum of €140,000, which cannot exceed 80% of eligible costs.
The incentives are available to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, including newly established ones, with legal and operational headquarters in Italy, which meet at least one of the following requirements:
Patents+ is designed to purchase specialised services for the economic exploitation of a patent in terms of profitability, productivity and market development. The incentive can finance the purchase of specialised services relating to:
Patents+ has been refinanced with a budget of EUR 30 million (of which EUR 10 million from PNRR resources). A 40% share of the PNRR financial resources, amounting to EUR 4 million, is allocated to the regions of southern Italy: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Apulia, Sardinia and Sicily.
Those who already own a registered design, or plan to register it in the near future, can apply for the non-repayable incentives to prototype it and place it on the market.
The incentives are granted up to 80% of eligible expenses within the maximum amount of €60,000.00 (sixty thousand) and in compliance with the ceiling amounts prescribed for each type of external specialised service requested:
The Design+ tender in 2022 is designed to support the innovative and competitive capacity of SMEs through the valorisation of designs/models on national and international markets.
The subject of the incentive is the realisation of a project aimed at the valorisation of designs registered with the UIBM, EUIPO or WIPO (in this case, Italy must be among the designated countries). The design must be registered on or after 1 January 2020 and in any case prior to the submission of the application and be valid.
If you have already registered a trademark, or about to do so, you can benefit from the non-repayable incentives of Trademarks+. Each company can submit more than one application for both Measure A and Measure B, up to a maximum of EUR 25,000.00.
The 2022 Trademarks+ tender aims to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in protecting their trademarks abroad through the acquisition of specialised services:
On the date of submission of the application – 25 October 2022 at 9.30 a.m. – in order to access the call for applications, the company must:
For Measure A, incentives are granted for filing fees (80%) and for the acquisition of specialist services and in compliance with the maximum amounts provided for each type and in any case within the maximum total amount per trademark of € 6,000.00:
For Measure B, incentives are granted for registration fees (90%) and for the acquisition of specialist services and in compliance with the maximum amounts provided for each type and in any case within the maximum overall amount per trademark of € 9,000.00.
For the same trademark it is possible to combine the benefits provided for Measures A and B by submitting a single application for both Measure A and Measure B.