Marchi + 2 E Disegni + 3, two new measures to develop SMEs IP rights
The Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with Unioncamere, has organized two new measures, called Marchi + 2 and Disegni + 3 (whose official communication have both been published in the Official Gazette December 3, 2015) to develop SMEs IP rights. In particular, as per Marchi + 2, 2.800.00 Euro have been allocated, and the measure has two distinct lines of action to facilitate the registration of Community Trademarks (OHIM) and International Tademarks (WIPO). The benefit covers up to 80% of eligible expenses (90% in case of international trademark designating China and / or the US). As per Disegni + 3 the funds allocated amount to 4,700,000 euro and it is intended for the purchase of specialized outsourced services to develop, on the one hand, the start of production of new products related to a registered design, and, on the other hand, its commercialization. The benefits shall be up to 80% of eligible expenditure. For Marchi + 2, applications may be submitted starting from 9:00 am on February 1, 2016, while for Disegni +3 applications may be submitted starting from from 9 am on 2 March 2016, in both cases until funds are exhausted.