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Patents and intellectual property rights

Do you have an innovative idea or an idea for a new product? Then, protect your idea or product from your competitors. The Netherlands Patent Office offers information, advice and tools on patents and other intellectual property rights.

Patents and intellectual property rights

Intellectual Property is divided into 2 categories: 1. Industrial property for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs, geographic indications of source. 2. Copyright for written work such as literary and artistic works. The overview of intellectual property rights in the Netherlands will help you further.

The Netherlands Patent Office helps you with information and advice on getting and maintaining a patent or intellectual property right for your idea or product.

The Netherlands Patent Office also helps legal professionals learn more about patent law. Learn more about Dutch and European case law in patent rights and patent literature and publications.

You must apply for a patent yourself. Your patent application must meet several requirements.

It can be challenging to search patent databases and the Espacenet patent database. Let us help you find what you are looking for with our search advice and workshops.

University students, teachers and researchers often work with new, innovative technological developments. The Netherlands Patent Office informs you and offers tools that help you learn more about patents and other intellectual property rights.

When developing an idea or product, you must ensure that you are not inventing or developing an existing idea or product. Every patent granting authority is registered in a database. There, you can find the status of a patent.

Now you have a patent, you must pay certain fees to keep it. You can also earn money from your patent, work together with other parties, grant licenses to use or sell it. Find out how.

To file a patent application and keep your patent rights, you must pay certain fees to the Netherlands Patent Office.

The Netherlands Patent Office is a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. We carry out national and international patenting regulations within the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, patents are regulated by the Dutch Patent Act 1995.

 A short history of the Netherlands Patent Office

In 1893, the Patent Council began carrying out the Trademark Act in the Netherlands. Since 1912, this governmental organisation has been granting Dutch patents. Because of the Patent Act 1995, the Patent Council changed its name to the Netherland Industrial Property Office. The system and our organisation underwent a reorganisation, and the Patent Council was abolished in 2004.

As of 1 January 2014, our name is the Netherlands Patent Office. Read more on the history of patents in the Netherlands.

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