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The COVID-19 crisis has had a severe impact on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union, threatening massive job losses and closures.

In the light of these challenges, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has launched a new support service: The EUIPO COVID-19 pro bono hub offers a tailor-made service to match SMEs to providers of free-of-charge intellectual property (IP) legal representation and advice throughout the EU during this unprecedented period.

The service focuses on the needs of small businesses, ensuring that they get the IP-related legal advice they need to protect and maximise their rights, and the proper professional representation to defend those rights when challenged. Businesses will be able to obtain practical guidance on how to handle their IP legal matters, which will help them refocus their attention on overcoming the competitive and economic challenges caused by the pandemic.

Want to join? See the Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) and Application form.