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This is a powerful opportunity for you to support SMEs, significantly contribute to optimising the understanding and use of IP by SMEs and, at the same time, gain a better understanding of SMEs’ needs.

Want to sign up as a pro bono provider or interested to find out more? Check out the call for expressions of interests, how it works and the application form below.

Important note: please read the Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI), to Provide Intellectual Property (IP) Pro Bono Services to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

a) Declaration of honour for those who meet the eligibility requirements:

Only for natural persons Only for legal persons

(‘the person’)

(1) declares that the abovementioned person:

1 Legal persons should be registered, natural persons should have their place of business or employment in an EU/EEA Member State.

2 It applies equally to any Member State of the EU/EEA.

The signatory declares that the abovementioned person is able to provide, upon request and without delay, the necessary supporting documents to prove the above statements.
If the declaration is submitted on behalf of a legal person, the signatory declares that he or she has the necessary power of representation.
The abovementioned person may be rejected should any of the declarations or information provided as a condition for participating in this procedure prove to be false or incorrect.

Please note: representatives enrolled in the lists under Article 120(1)(b) EUTMR or Article 78(4) CDR are considered to meet the abovementioned requirements and are therefore not required to submit the declaration of honour.

b) Participation form

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3 The IP Pro Bono services should not be confused with the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service. The EUIPO is offering a special COVID-19 non-legal service to enable SMEs to take an informed decision on which dispute resolution mechanisms to select for settling any disputes before the EUIPO. This special non-legal service is called ADR and can be requested by an SME in the following EUIPO proceedings: opposition proceedings (after the cooling-off period) for unrepresented SMEs; cancellation proceedings; invalidity proceedings; appeal proceedings. The ADR is outside the scope of the present IP Pro Bono initiative.
The function of the ADR for SMEs service is to inform SMEs about the following settlement mechanisms available either at the EUIPO or elsewhere: mediation, conciliation, assisted negotiation, early neutral evaluation, and (non-binding) expert determination. For any questions on ADR, send an email to ADR-Info@euipo.europa.eu. One of the possible outcomes of the ADR for SMEs is that the SME is advised to revert to the IP Pro Bono service or to seek legal advice.
The IP Pro Bono services can nevertheless include professional representation of SMEs in any of the abovementioned settlement mechanisms and can also include advising on possible settlement mechanisms during the cooling-off period (in opposition proceedings) and where the parties are represented.

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I hereby confirm that I have read and accept the terms of service (please see the Call for expression of interest)

I confirm that the information given in this form is true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and that it is supplied in good faith. I am solely responsible for any error, omission or false statement and for the information submitted in this form and I undertake that the EUIPO can in no way be regarded as responsible for this. Should there be any change in the information provided, I am responsible for informing the EUIPO promptly. I understand and accept that the EUIPO cannot be held liable for any loss or damage caused by the pro bono provider. Similarly, I undertake that the EUIPO cannot be held liable for any damage caused by the service provider to third parties, during or as a consequence of performance of the pro bono service. I am aware that I may be subject to exclusion from the IP pro bono initiative if any of the declarations or information provided as a condition for participating in this procedure proves to be false or incorrect.

I acknowledge that inclusion in the IP pro bono providers list does not imply any EUIPO quality recognition or certification.

The information contained in this website should not be considered advertising for legal services under the laws and rules of professional conduct of any of the EU/EEA Member States.

I agree to offer IP pro bono services free of charge as defined in the call for expressions of interest and in the terms provided in this form. Once the SME has received the pro bono service, it is its sole responsibility to request and negotiate any further remunerated services directly with the pro bono provider. (See the definition of SME based on Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC).

I accept being contacted for information and client satisfaction purposes.

I accept having the anonymised results and details of the feedback received published.

I agree to my name and surname, or where applicable, my law firm’s name, being published in the list of pro bono providers on the EUIPO’s websites in order to inform users about the list of pro bono providers participating in this initiative. This consent does not create any obligation on the EUIPO to retain the data on its website.

Please note that once this form is validated/submitted all data contained in it will be managed according to the terms contained in the privacy statement on the processing of personal data.

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