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Patent information for small and medium-sized businesses

19-03-2021

Do you have a great, innovative idea that you want to protect from competitors? Our patent advisors are happy to help you innovate with tailor-made support: independent, free and confidential. You will find how it works to get a patent or other intellectual property rights for your idea or product on the following pages.

You have a great idea

When you have a great and innovative idea or product, it might be wise to protect it with a patent or other intellectual property right. We help you to move forward. Find out how to finance and protect your idea and how to search and apply for a patent.

> Find financial support in our subsidies and programmes guide
> Which intellectual property right should you get

Search in patents registers and databases

It is important to know that you are not inventing something that already exists. Most of the global technical innovative developments are described in patent registers and databases. Search in patents registers and databases to see if your idea is new or has already been invented. We can also help you search.

You have a patent

To maintain your patent, you have to pay annual fees. You must also ensure that your details are correctly registered in the register or database. There are a few ways to make money with your patent. If someone infringes your patent, you can take action. 

Contact us

If you need more information on how to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, please contact the public information office.