Working in Europe | Intellectual Property Rights | Netherlands

Intellectual property rights

You should ask your respective employer at an early stage about the handling of intellectual property, patents, and inventions of your specific research assignment. Where a patent is registered depends on the type of protection desired. If the Dutch market suffices, you can approach the Algemeen Octrooi en Merken Bureau and/or the Octrooicentrum Nederland (formerly known as the Bureau voor Intellectuele Eigendom). Protection at European level can be sought at the European Patent Office while the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers international protection of patents. The centres responsible for the transfer of research and technology can usually provide information on liability in connection with your scientific work.

Intellectual Property Organizations

The Netherlands

  • Algemeen Octrooi- en Merkenbureau

    John F. Kennedylaan 2, 5612 AB Eindhoven
    Postbus 645, 5600 AP Eindhoven
    Telefoon: + 31 (0)40 2433715
    Fax: + 31 (0)40 2434557
    E-mail: info@aomb.nl
    Website: http://www.aomb.nl/ (Dutch only)

  • Octrooicentrum Nederland

    Located at Patentlaan 2 - 2288 EE Rijswijk
    Postal address is Postbus 5820 - 2280 HV Rijswijk
    to visit:
    You can make an appointment for a visit (mail to info@octrooicentrum.nl).
    Without appointment you can drop by on Tuesday from 14.00 – 17.00
    (when visiting you are requested to bring your ID-papers)
    Telephone helpdesk: +31 (0)70 – 398 66 99 (workdays 09.00 – 17.00)
    http://www.octrooicentrum.nl/ (Dutch only)



  • World Intellectual Property Organization

    Located at 34, chemin des Colombettes, in Geneva, Switzerland
    For general telephone enquiries, please call +4122 338 91 11

Other relevant organizations and sources of information

  • Dutch Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

    This association endeavours to promote the protection of intellectual property by drawing attention to the need to protect creation and innovation. More information can be found on their website: http://www.aippi.nl/ (Dutch only)

  • Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)

    An association of 31 national and regional societies, each composed of men and women who have an interest in the transfer of technology, or licensing of intellectual property rights - from technical know how and patented inventions to software, copyright and trade marks.
    http://www.lesi.org/ (international)
    http://www.les-benelux.org/ (Benelux)

  • Guide "Intellectual Property Rights"

    The IPR-Guide in seven languages addresses decision makers and has been drafted in co-operation with experts from Patent Offices, patent lawyers and consultants on innovation issues from different European countries.
    Your Guide to IP in Horizon 2020
    Your Guide to IP Commercialisation

  • 'Why researchers should care about patents'
    A consice and informative brochure by the European Commission on patents in R&D projects.
    European Commission

  • IPR-Helpdesk Project

    Information on the protection of intellectual property rights in general and in connection with projects within the the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).
    IPR-Helpdesk Project Portal

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