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European patent validation in the Netherlands

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Detailed information related to the European Patent.

  • Translation into Dutch

For validation of the European Patent in the Netherlands, it is required to supply the translation of the claims into Dutch within three months from the date of publication of the European Patent. However, if the patent was filed in French or German, an English or Dutch translation of the description must also be filed.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

It is recommended to perform the European patent validation in the Netherlands through an agent, a registered Dutch patent attorney.

  • Maintenance fees

Annual fees for maintenance of the European Patent in force are to be paid after the expiration of a three-year period from the date of filing the European Patent application, but not earlier than the fourth year of the date of filing. Annuities should be paid on the last day of the month of filing. A surcharge applies for late payment.  

  • Validation fees

The fees associated with validation of a European patent 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