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If you intend to work as a patent attorney in the Netherlands, you have to register in the Register of Patent Attorneys (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 Attorneys (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 Attorneys (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.