Amazon has launched its Intellectual Property Accelerator (IP Accelerator) in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K. A version of it has been operational in the U.S. since 2019. The stated purpose is to connect small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with a “curated network” of European law firms – about 100 so far – specializing in intellectual property law. The Accelerator itself is free of charge; companies pay for the actual legal services only. According to Amazon, SMEs are about four times as likely to neglect IP protection as large companies, whether because of ignorance or complexity. SMEs that use the IP Accelerator will “get access to Amazon’s wider brand protection services” – such as its Brand Registry, comprising some 350,000 brands at present – “months or even years before their trademark registration is officially issued.” This includes “automated protections that use information about brands to proactively remove suspected infringing or inaccurate content,” says Amazon. This latest move by Amazon may have been timed to coincide with the publication of the European Commission’s new Intellectual Property Action Plan. It could also be a gesture intended to help sweeten the Commission’s future Digital Services Act and to help avoid taxation by the national governments in Europe. The French government has just indicated that Amazon and other foreign online technology giants will be required to pay a new “digital tax” on their 2020 earnings, in spite of the opposition expressed by the Trump Administration.