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Patent information for small and medium-sized businesses

18-05-2021

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. Find out how 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. Find out how to finance and protect your idea. Also, find out how to search and apply for a patent.

Search in patent registers and databases

Make sure you know that you are not inventing something that already exists. Patent registers and databases document most of the global technical innovative developments. Search in patent registers and databases to see if your idea is new or has been invented before. We can also help you search.

You have a patent

To maintain your patent, you have to pay an annual fee. Also make sure you document all the details correctly 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

We answer your questions about patents and other ways of protecting intellectual property for free. For all our contact details, go to About the Netherlands Patent Office.