Patents and intellectual property (Patents & other IP rights)
Business owners (SMEs, startups), the services sector, scientists, researchers, teachers and students with technological research and development.
Intellectual property (IP) is something unique that you physically create. IP is a way of transforming your innovative new product or idea into your actual property. Copyright, patents, designs and trademarks are all types of intellectual property protection. It is a right that entitles you to be the only party that can reap the benefits of an intellectual accomplishment. A patent protects an invention on a technological product or process. If you have a patent you can prohibit others from copying, selling or introducing your invention.
Consult with the Netherlands Patent Office (NPO), a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The NPO implements (inter)national patenting regulations within the Netherlands and promotes the use of patents as a source of information and inspiration. It advises free of charge about any patent-related queries or other ways to protect intellectual property (IP), or alternatives, in every development stage.
Make use of the patent databases, with more than 90 million patents. Find out about competitors, cooperation partners and trends in the various technological fields.
Netherlands Patent Office, Mr Yp Kroon: firstname.lastname@example.org