Patents and intellectual property (Patents & other IP rights)
Business owners (SMEs, startups), the services sector, scientists, teachers and students with technological research and development.
Intellectual property (IP) is something unique that you physically create. IP is a way of making your innovative new product or idea your actual property. Copyright, patents, designs and trademarks are all types of intellectual property protection. IP is a right that means only you benefit from an intellectual accomplishment. A patent protects the invention of a technological product or process. If you have a patent, you can prohibit others from copying, selling or introducing your invention.
Consult the Netherlands Patent Office (NPO), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. NPO implements national and international patenting regulations in the Netherlands. It promotes the use of patents as a source of information and inspiration. NPO offers free advice on patent-related queries or other ways to protect intellectual property (IP), or alternatives, during every stage of development.
Use the patent databases, with more than 90 million patents. Find out about competitors, cooperation partners and trends in various technological fields.
Netherlands Patent Office, Mr Yp Kroon.