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About the Netherlands Patent Office


The Netherlands Patent Office is a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. We implement national and international patenting regulations in the Netherlands.

We offer support and supervision to entrepreneurs, service organisations, scientists, students and other interested parties in the Netherlands. As the Netherlands Patent Office, we focus on 3 main tasks:

  1. As a patenting organisation, we help you apply for patents and, by doing so, protect your invention.
  2. As a knowledge centre, we inform you on the patents system and how to use patents as sources of information and inspiration.
  3. As a representative, we represent the groups mentioned above in Europe and global organisations for industrial properties.

A short history of the Netherlands Patent Office

In 1893, the Patent Council began implementing the Trademark Act in the Netherlands. Since 1912, the Patent Council, a governmental organisation, has been granting Dutch patents formulated in the Patent Act. Because of the Patent Act 1995, the Patent Council changed its name to the Netherland Industrial Property Office. Since this Patents Act came into force, only patents not examined were granted. The system and our organisation underwent a radical reorganisation. 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.

Products and services

We register granted patents in the Dutch Patent Register. Besides this, we also answer your questions about patent law. We offer the following products and services:

  • Advice on how to search in Espacenet;
  • Exploratory search for Dutch entrepreneurs;
  • Appointment with a patent advisor;
  • Lectures and workshops;
  • Document supply service.

Read more about our products and services.

Object to our decision

If you do not agree with one of our decisions, you may file an objection.

Contact, visiting and bank details of the Netherlands Patent Office

We answer your questions about patents and other ways of protecting intellectual property for free.

Opening hours

You can contact us:

  • by email;
  • by telephone: 088 042 42 42 when calling from the Netherlands or +31 70 379 80 00 when calling from abroad;
  • in-person: see our location on Google maps
    Please keep in mind that you must identify yourself when visiting our office. Bring a valid identification document, such as a passport, European Union identification card, driving license or Dutch residence permit.

Bank account details

Please pay all your fees and costs to the Netherlands Patent Office, using the following bank account details:

PO Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam
Account name: RVO Octrooien
Account number: IBAN NL41 INGB 0705 0012 96

Read more about our fees on Fees for Patents.

Good to know

  • We do not accept cash payments.
  • We only accept debit card transactions and bank transfers.
  • The patent holder is responsible for paying the annual fee in time.
  • You do not receive invoices for payments of annual fees, deeds, requests, and so on.
  • You do not pay VAT on the amounts of annuities, deeds, requests, and so on. As a public authority, we are not subject to VAT.

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