The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) [Dutch: BBIE] and the Netherlands patent Office are responsible for formal IP registration in the Netherlands. We've listed the most common types of IP registration below.

Patents

A patent protects your invention, e.g. a product or process. Anyone who owns a patent can prohibit someone else from copying, selling or importing that invention, even if he/she came up with the same invention independently. Patents are valid in one or more countries for a limited period. Anyone may use an invention once its patent expires.

To file a patent in the Netherlands, your invention will have to satisfy three material conditions. To maintain a patent, you'll have to pay an annual fee to the Netherlands Patent Office [Dutch: Octrooicentrum Nederland (OCNL)], a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). The first payment is due four years after the patent application was originally filed.

Trademarks

Suppose you've devised a great-sounding name or logo for your product or company. The first thing you'll have to do is check whether you can register your brand name as a trademark. Next, you'll have to check the official Trademarks Register [Dutch: Merkenregister] to see whether your brand name is already in use.

A trademark is a sign that distinguishes your product or service from those of your competitors.

Designs

A drawing or design relates to a product or component's appearance. It has to be something new and individual in character. Its appearance is defined by its features, i.e. lines, contours, colours, shapes, textures, materials, decorative elements, etc.

Ideas

If you regularly come up with new ideas and would like to formally record these, the BOIP's i-DEPOT may be just the thing for you. You can register ideas, concepts, designs, prototypes, films, lyrics, screenplays, etc. without revealing i

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