Are you a patent attorney, patent office employee, lawyer, judge or policymaker with an interest in intellectual property? Or do you deal with patent law in some other way? Find out what the Netherlands Patent Office can do for you.
In the Netherlands, patents are protected by law. The relevant laws are the Dutch Patents Act 1995 (Rijksoctrooiwet 1995) and the accompanying Implementation Decree. International conventions (agreements) have made the patent systems in different countries more alike. This means that the procedure to apply for and keep a patent is generally the same in every country. A unitary patent will be made available soon. Once this happens, it will be possible to protect an invention across most of the European Union (except Spain, Poland and Croatia) with a single patent application.
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Patent case law
Sometimes there is a dispute about the content, interpretation or legal validity of a patent. Parties who believe that a patent or patent owner has put them at an unfair disadvantage may decide to go to court. Parties who feel their patent rights have been violated may do so as well. The court’s decisions in previous cases make up what is known as case law. Case law can play an important role in future disputes.
Patent literature and publications
On our patent information portal, you will find lots of literature and publications you can use. Most of the information is in Dutch, but some information is also available in English. Our quarterly newsletter, Bijblad, for instance. The Dutch-language literature includes reports from periodic administrative consultations, as well as our main magazine, De Industriële Eigendom. Have a look at the English-language information on the patent information portal. Or sign up for our newsletter.
If you need more information on how to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, please contact the public information office.