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  1. Types of patents and IP rights: copyright

    Copyright protection concerns works of literature, science and art. Examples to which copyright protection applies include: texts, works of art, instructions for use, brochures,...

  2. Other protection possibilities

    Maybe a patent is not the right way to protect your invention. Then it is time to explore further options. Have a look at these protection possibilities.

  3. Types of patents and IP rights: designs

    External appearance of an object can be protected by the designs and models law. This external appearance can include for example colour, shape or use of material. Examples are...

  4. Types of patents and IP rights: trademarks

    A trademark is a sign that distinguishes your products or services from those of your competitors. Essential is that the trademark has distinguishing characteristics. Examples of...

  5. Contact the Netherlands Patent Office

    We answer your questions about patents and other ways of protecting intellectual property for free. Opening hours of the public information office are Monday to Friday, 9:00– 17:...

  6. Granting licences to use your patent

    You own a patent, but want another party to use it. Or perhaps you want to use know-how that is protected by someone else’s patent. In these cases, a licence is the obvious...

  7. Selling your patent

    Selling a patent is usually not what an inventor wants to do. Still, selling can earn you a lot of money. You do not need to register the sale of a patent in the Dutch patent...

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