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Registration of patent attorneys

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you intend to work as a patent attorneyExternal link in the Netherlands, you have to register in the Register of Patent AttorneysExternal link (Octrooigemachtigdenregister, in Dutch). To register, you can apply to the managing director of the Netherlands Patent Office. In some cases, you can apply for an exemption from the Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) of the Netherlands Institute of Patent AttorneysExternal link (Orde van Octrooigemachtigden).

Rules of conduct

As a patent attorney, you must observe a number of rules of conduct, which have been laid down by the Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys. As a member of the Institute, you are obliged to keep your knowledge up to date. Every year, you must provide the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Patent Attorneys with an overview of the training you received.

Consulting the register

You can check whether someone is a patent attorney by consulting the Register of Patent AttorneysExternal link (in Dutch). You can search by name or office of the patent agent, postcode, location or discipline.

Online registration procedure via Message Box

You can ask to be added to the Register of Patent Attorneys digitally via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency