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IP rights

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO

Intellectual Property (IP) is the right to be the only party that may reap the benefits of an intellectual accomplishment. Thanks to IP, you can actually turn your new, inventive product or idea into your own property. No other parties will be permitted to simply adopt an idea or a design, but others may gain inspiration from the published information available to the public about existing, protected products when developing a new product of their own. IP is divided into two categories:

In the Netherlands, the Netherlands Patent Office is responsible for the processing and registration of patent applications.

Types of protection

If you decide to protect your invention, you should consider which means of protection is the most suitable. Dutch law offers various options. Symbols are often used to indicate the type of protection. Intellectual Property (IP) covers a wide range of subjects and you may find that you can protect your idea by applying for a patent, another right, or a combination of rights. See an overview of the various intellectual property rightsExternal link on the Netherlands Enterprise Agency website.

Cost Calculator for the protection of Intellectual Property

The Netherlands Patent Office and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property have developed a tool to help you calculate the cost of registering your patent, design or trademark in the Netherlands and other countries, the Cost Calculator for the protection of Intellectual Property. Click this link to start the IP Cost CalculatorExternal link.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO