PATENT FILING IN NETHERLANDS
The first Patent Act came into force in the Netherlands in 1817. Netherlands, in addition to PCT and Paris Convention applications, also accepts the patent applications through European Union. Apart from Netherlands, there are 5 other core states of European Union: Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and West Germany. During 1975, Netherlands witnessed significant decrease in Dutch patent applications due to which a new Patent Act came in action in 1995. With these key changes, legislation of Netherlands has made it clear that it has a clear vision for taking all the necessary steps required for making the patent filing process streamlined to promote patent filings and inventions. GPF is dedicated in providing the one stop solution of all the requirements of patent filings. GPF can assist in efficiently and promptly, using accurate translations, filing of patent applications. GPF along with Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) has tremendous experience in dealing with Patent Filing/ Prosecution as per Netherlands’ Patent Laws, and can assist in hand-holding through the complete prosecution lifecycle of a Patent.
- Dutch Translation of the Priority/PCT Document.
A patent application can be filed in Netherlands as any of the following applications in Dutch:
Paris Convention based national entry.
PCT National Phase based national entry.
First Examination Report (FER) is provided within 9 months of after the international filing date.
Ordinarily, publication is done within 18 months of the priority date. By paying additional fee, an early publication can also be performed if requested.
Patent is automatically granted after publication. Annuity for 4’th year onwards is to be paid after grant of the Patent. Protection of the Patent is for 20 years from the International Filing Date.