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Laws & Regulations

Business laws in the Netherlands

Dutch organisations must respect national and regional business laws and regulations. Depending on your company, different business laws and regulations may apply. On this page, you will find information about sustainable, agricultural and patent laws. The information will help you understand the laws and regulations that apply to your business.

Regulations for patents

Patent protection in the Netherlands is regulated by law in the Dutch Patent Act 1995. In 2008 the act changed in several sections. For example, for all patents, you have to carry out a novelty search. Together with the result, you have to publish the novelty search report, the so-called written opinion.

Regulations for sustainability

In an increasingly sustainable world, regulation and laws give structure and guidance to companies. The laws on sustainability are mostly focused on creating and maintaining better conditions for humans and nature. For now, and in the future.

Regulations for agriculture

The Netherlands is famous for its innovative and efficient agriculture. Laws and regulations help protect the environment and the safety of its inhabitants.