Sometimes, a dispute may arise with regard to the content, interpretation or legal validity of a patent. In such a case, any parties who feel that a patent or a patent owner puts them at a disadvantage may start legal proceedings. Any parties who feel that their patent rights have been infringed may also take the matter to court.
The rulings made in these legal proceedings form the case law. Case law is the interpretation of the law of the judiciary, such as that which has been shown in decisions taken, applied legislation and regulations and applied legal precedents. Case law can be considered important with regard to future disputes.
If you need more information on how to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, please contact the public information office.