We can help you ask for government financial assistance in order to facilitate your administrative steps.
At Equinox, we are well aware of the most recent trends concerning intellectual property. To this effect, we would like to invite you to discover Premier Brevet (link in French only), a program aimed at simplifying the steps Quebec inventors must undertake to obtain their first patent.
The Program and its Objectives
The Premier Brevet program is offered by the Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations. It aims to increase the number of Quebec companies seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Namely, this government initiative intends to simplify the steps necessary for companies with fewer than 250 employees to obtain a patent.
To be eligible for the program, this must be the first time that the applicant company is applying for intellectual property protection rights under circumstances considered valid by the program.
The activities eligible for the Premier Brevet program are:
Here is an overview of expenses legitimately recognized by the program:
Government funding granted by the Premier Brevet program consists of a (non-refundable) contribution, which can reach half of the project’s eligible expenses.
As a result, the company wanting to file a request for funding must fill out the Premier Brevet program form and attach a service agreement with a professional, firm, or association working within the intellectual property rights sector.
Then, the company has to send the documents to the Direction des maillages et des partenariats industriels at the Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations. It is also important to know that you cannot receive funding through the program more than once.
For more information on eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions concerning the Premier Brevet program, please visit the website of the Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations (in French).