Acomplaint from Spanish Association of IP Attorneys (COAPI) about the IP Scan service from EUIPO has been upheld. The EUIPO-organised “IP Scan” service was set up with the aim of helping SMEs to decide what intangible assets to protect and to understand how IP can help their businesses grow. It was intended to offer guidance rather than legal advice. However, it has posed difficulties for IP attorneys, and IP Scan markets itself as offering services including reviewing the SME’s business model with an IP expert and devising a clear IP strategy for the company, which clearly involves giving advice.
Some national IP Offices of EU member states offer the IP Scan service, in which 90% of the cost may be reimbursed through the EUIPO SME Fund grant scheme, designed to help EU SMEs with their IP registration costs. The participating Offices are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
In addition, several other EU IP Offices are offering services similar to IP Scan, although their versions are not covered by the SME Fund. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovenia. Read more