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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 within the Netherlands.

We offer support and supervision to entrepreneurs, service organisations, scientists, researchers, 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 to apply for patents easily and thus to protect your invention.
  2. As a knowledge centre, we give you information about 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 to implement the Trademark Act in the Netherlands. Since 1912, this governmental organisation has been granting Dutch patents as formulated in the Patent Act. The introduction of the Patent Act 1995 caused the Patent Council to change its name to the Netherlands Industrial Property Office. Since this Patents Act came into force, only patents that had not been 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 became the Netherlands Patent Office. Maybe you are also interested in 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 provide the following products and services:

  • Advice on how to search in Espacenet
  • Exploratory search (only for Dutch entrepreneurs)
  • Appointment with a patent advisor
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Document supply service You can read more about these on our page Products and services.

Have a look at all our products and services.

Patent fees

In order to maintain patents, you must pay (annual) fees to Netherlands Patent Office, a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Have a look at the overview of all the fees of our office. The fees are compliant with Dutch Patent Law.

Object to our decision

If you do not agree with one of our decisions, you may file an objection to the Netherlands Patent Office’s decision.

Contact us

If you need more information on how to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, please contact the public information office. Here you will also find our contact and bank account details, and visiting hours.