Types of Intellectual Property Rights

Last checked on:
6 February 2024
Published on:
24 March 2021

The Netherlands Patent Office, a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, implements (inter)national patenting regulations within the Netherlands and promotes patents as a source of information and inspiration.

We offer support and supervision to entrepreneurs, service organisations, scientists, students and other interested parties in the Netherlands. You may consult us free of charge about patents and other ways to protect intellectual property (IP).

Intellectual property rights

Intellectual property rights protect your idea, product, service or innovative work. Thanks to intellectual property rights, you can make your innovation your property.

Categories of Intellectual Property Rights

Getting intellectual property gives you the right to benefit from your new idea, innovation or product. You can block others from copying your patented invention or design. Copyright is the largest group of intellectual properties, but there are a few more. Intellectual Property is divided into 2 categories:

  1. Industrial property for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source.
  2. Copyright for written work such as literary and artistic works.

Symbols often represent the type of protection. The Dutch law offers options to protect inventions and innovations.

Overview of Intellectual Property Rights in the Netherlands

Rights Laws Protection
Copyright Copyright law works of literature, art and science
Industrial Property Rights Patent law new products or processes
Industrial Property Rights Trademark law   word trademarks and pictorial trademarks
Industrial Property Rights Design law the exterior of an implement
Industrial Property Rights Plant breeders' right crops
Industrial Property Rights Topographies of semiconductor products chips

Better chances to receive funding through IP rights

Did you know that startups that apply for a patent or other form of intellectual property right (IP right) early on, are up to 10 times more likely to receive funding than startups that do not? Read the study (pdf) by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on how IP rights help innovative startups get funding to develop their ideas into market-ready products and services.

Advice on Intellectual Property Rights

We offer you our advice on all intellectual property rights. We help entrepreneurs, service organisations, scientists, and students. Do you have questions about patents or other ways to protect your intellectual property? Please consult us for free.

Questions about patents?

If you need more information on how to apply for a patent in the Netherlands, please contact the public information office.

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