Small- and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the European economy. EU policies must enable SMEs to effectively leverage IP rights for success.

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Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are crucial players in the European innovation ecosystem. They account for 83% of jobs and represent more than 99% of businesses in Europe. Protection of their intellectual property makes it possible for innovative SMEs to secure financing, grow, collaborate, and integrate into global value chains.

SMEs require support to effectively secure and manage IP rights. Without IP management expertise and an IP strategy, they may find it impossible to secure investment for growth. Small companies are particularly vulnerable to IP theft, and are thus susceptible to bankruptcy and acquisition. Ensuring that SMEs can protect and manage their IP is a critical part of safeguarding innovation, job creation, and growth in Europe.

September 26, 2017

EPO publication highlights the importance of patents for European SMEs

IP Europe’s SME Chair Fractus is included in a set of 12 case studies focusing on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe are using […]
July 3, 2017

Video: Fractus CEO Rubén Bonet on the benefits of patents for European SMEs

June 27, 2017

IP Europe’s “SME Manifesto”

Driving growth for European innovators. A statement of policy, aims and practical support for European SMEs who invest in innovation: empowering these economically vital companies so they can help Europe become the world’s leading digital economy.
May 10, 2016

IP Enforcement Consultations: IP Europe Recommendations for SMEs

IP Europe calls for updated enforcement rules with a comprehensive SME chapter that reduces their enforcement cost and court fees, provides for full reimbursement of costs […]
October 15, 2015

Creating a global level playing field for innovators

IP Europe believes that trade agreements, including T-TIP, should promote patent quality and limit onerous forum shopping or rules that encourage patent “trolling” like in the […]
September 18, 2015

Why we need a Unified Patent Court in Europe

IP Europe forcefully supports the rapid entry into force of the UPC agreement. The Unified Patent Court will offer a carefully balanced solution reflecting the fundamental […]

IP Europe publishes materials for a range of audiences, including policymakers, companies, researchers, and the media. In this section, you will find our own policy positions, together with resources – publications, videos, and infographics – from experts and other industry groups.

You can also find the latest news about innovative SMEs and the policies that best support them in this section.