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Specific call COSME Improving access to markets, China, Latin America and South East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks

The European Commission has published a specific call under the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME). The call COS-IPR-2014-2-05 - Improving access to markets, China, Latin America and South East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks closes September 10, 2014. The budget of the call is 7.2 million. For further information about this call and documents please click here.

The China, Latin America and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks offer first-line advice and support to European SMEs facing intellectual property rights (IPR) difficulties in, or arising from China, and most important Latin America and South-East Asia countries (especially ASEAN and MERCOSUR member states) By offering expert advice through response to individual business queries, e-learning tools, and in-person workshops, it helps SMEs respond practically to such challenges as:

• counterfeit products entering the European market;
• protecting their valuable IPR before entering and while doing business in China, and Latin America and South-East Asia (e.g. developing the market there for their own products or when following a company to which they have traditionally been a supplier when it enters China, Latin American and South-East Asian);
• how to find and constructively work with administrations or service providers to enforce their IPR in such situations.

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