This e-learning tool has been created by the Netherlands Patent Office, which is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( and by the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). It is based on Dutch and Benelux legislation regarding Intellectual Property.

The original concept for ThatsIP was developed by the Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (VLAIO) and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). The present version of ThatsIP has been developed with the permission of VLAIO.

ThatsIP was produced and designed by Splintt, e-learning specialist:

Copyright © 2021 BOIP

Copyright © 2021 BOIP

No part of this e-learning tool may be copied without the prior permission of the BOIP. An effort has been made to trace stakeholders and to obtain their permission for the use of copyright material. Those who believe they have rights to materials that have not been credited should contact BOIP.

The contents of this e-learning tool have been compiled by the BOIP and the Netherlands Patent Office with the intent to inform students about the functioning of intellectual property rights and a number of specific jurisdictions that are included. The tool is not intended to train students to the level of a specialist in the field of intellectual property law. The tool contains:

  • General information, not based on existing specific circumstances of persons or companies nor on situations that have occurred in reality;
  • Not necessarily comprehensive, complete and completely up-to-date information;
  • No professional or legal advice.

In specific cases or problems during trade, the BOIP and the Netherlands Patent Office always recommend getting assistance from a legal specialist in Intellectual Property rights. BOIP and Netherlands Patent Office rejects all forms of liability, on either or both of them, which is based on the content of this e-learning tool.