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The Netherlands general info

The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in North-West Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. It is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy organised as a unitary state. The country capital is Amsterdam, and the seat of government is The Hague. The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as "Holland". The Netherlands is a member of the Benelux Union and the European Community.


IP Legal base in the Netherlands

Patents Act
Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trademarks and Designs)
European Patent Convention


International organizations/agreements

Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
Trademark Law Treaty
Patent Law Treaty
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property


Patent Office Contact Details

Netherlands Patent Office
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

P.O. Box 10366
2501 HJ Den Haag
Phone: +31 (0)88 - 042 66 60
Fax: +31 (0)88 - 602 90 24
Email: octrooicentrum@rvo.nl


IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in the Netherlands are available in the fee calculator.


The above information was verified on 24.02.2023
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Dutch IP Laws