Entering the US market is both an enticing and challenging business opportunity for many non-US small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The nation supports the most valuable intellectual property environment worldwide and is widely regarded as a vanguard of technological entrepreneurship.

It is no secret SMEs with valuable IP view the US market as necessary for growing and sustaining their businesses. SMEs tapping into it often want to secure their IP rights at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

This article will spotlight Singapore, Germany, China, and the European Union (EU) as locales that have incentivised SMEs to globalise their patent portfolios through IP funding programmes and discuss notable themes that non-US SMEs may want to take away from these programmes to secure US patents.

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