The Africa IP SME Helpdesk supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the European Union (EU) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property (IP) rights in/or relating to Africa by providing free information and services. These comprise jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, as well as training, materials and online resources.
Find more information about the team, partners and the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Our Intellectual Property experts provide professional, confidential and tailor-made answers to your IP-related questions within a maximum of 3 working days
IP Resources Library
This library provides open-access IP materials especially designed for EU SMEs doing business in Africa
E-mail: africa [dot] iphelpdeskeuipo [dot] europa [dot] eu (africa[dot]iphelpdesk[at]euipo[dot]europa[dot]eu)
Phone Number: Europe (Spain): +34 96 513 9810
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 8:30 to 18:30 (CET/CEST)
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IP landscape in Europe: make use of the self-learning materials of the IP Helpdesk and Your Europe website
It is essential that SMEs consider protecting their creations through intellectual property and efficiently manage these assets to reap the most from their investment in Europe.
The Africa IP SME Helpdesk, together with the Netherlands Business Hub Kenya (NLBH) organised the ‘Seminar on opportunities for EU SMEs to leverage intellectual property rights for business growth in Kenya and abroad’.
Check our new video on the services provided by the International IP SME Helpdesk
In recent years, Africa has transformed in the area of commerce. As African entrepreneurs and foreign investors seize their share at an early stage, it is crucial to recognise the pivotal role intellectual property (IP) plays in this dynamic landscape.
The Africa IP SME Helpdesk is organising a webinar series on navigating the challenges of IP enforcement in Africa.
The impact of commercialisation strategies and benefits for EU SMEs investing in sub-Saharan Africa: measuring the effect of IP practices
The Africa IP SME Helpdesk is organising a webinar entitled ‘The impact of commercialisation strategies and benefits for SMEs investing in Africa: measuring the effect of IP practices’.