If you decide to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, you should start your search at the Netherlands Patent Office, a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Dutch grant procedure consists of a number of steps.
You must request a novelty search within 13 months following your patent application; otherwise your application will expire. You will receive the results of the search approximately 9 months following your request for the search. 18 months after the filing date, your 20-year patent will be published in the Dutch patent register and will be granted as soon as possible afterwards.
However, before a patent can be granted, the application procedure for a Dutch patent will involve: