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Registering a trademark, design or idea

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you want to be distinguished from your competitors, you can have your own trademark registered at a charge. After registration, other parties are not allowed to use your trademark. There are different types of trademarks, such as word marks, pictorial marks, shape marks, colour marks and sound marks.

You can register your trademarkExternal link with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). This offers you protection in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. If you are also active outside the Benelux, you can expand your protectionExternal link. If you want to know whether your trademark has already been registered, you can consult a trademark databaseExternal link.

Drawing or design

If you have come up with a new design or new drawing, you can have it registered with the BOIPExternal link at a charge. If you also want to bring your products into the market outside the Benelux, you can expand your protectionExternal link. In order to find out if your design or drawing is new, you can consult a designs registryExternal link.

Idea, concept or prototype

An idea alone is not intellectual property, therefore protecting it is not possible. It is, however, possible to protect the implementation of the idea. The i-DEPOT allows you to prove that your idea already existed on a given day. You can submit the i-DEPOT on-lineExternal link to the BOIP. This could be a first step in the lead-up to a trademark, design or patent application.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency