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.
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.
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.