The Netherlands Patent Office is the patent granting agency for Dutch territories. We register granted patents in the Dutch Patent Register. We also answer all your questions about patent law.
Obligation of confidentiality
All our staff members have a duty to confidentiality. This means that you can speak freely with them about your idea or invention. Please, feel free to contact us if you need one of the following services.
Appointment with patent advisor
Are you an entrepreneur, scientist, or student? Do you work in the Netherlands? Do you have questions about patents or other intellectual property rights? Please contact us to meet with one of our patent advisors in your region. This is free of charge.
How to search in Espacenet
If you email us a short description of your idea, we will advise you on how to search in Espacenet, the worldwide patent database. You do not have to state any technical details. A short description will help us find the information you are looking for. We will send you our search results by email. In our advice, we also give you classification codes. With these codes, you can search for inventions similar to yours.
Exploratory search for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands
We will give you targeted patent information when we carry out an exploratory study for you. We base this information on the description of your innovative idea. The search results can help you decide whether you want to continue developing your invention. And if you wish to apply for a patent.
Not all companies can apply for an exploratory study. This depends on the size of your company and your experience with the patent system. And your company must be based in the Netherlands.
Lectures and workshops
We organise lectures and workshops for students and scientists in the Netherlands. The lectures cover various subjects, such as
- the worldwide patent system,
- the patentability of inventions, and
- scientific research or research exemption for patented inventions.
The workshops are about using databases for product and market development, patent databases for scientific research and patent management for entrepreneurs or scientists.
Please contact us if you are interested in a lecture or workshop at your university or institute.
Document supply service
For copies of patent publications, please email us. When you request documents, please give us complete publication numbers, consisting of
- the country code
- number, and
- kind code.
For example, EP 123456 A2. Please state how you wish to receive the requested publication, either by post or email.
Examples of patent publications include:
- Translations of patents;
- Patent documents from other countries;
- Supplementary protection certificates;
- Magazine articles.