E-LEARNING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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1. Intellectual property

To avoid counterfeiting on the Dutch market, you can ask customs to hold counterfeit products at the border.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) grants patents for the Netherlands and keeps the Patent Register. The Patent Office also registers patents from the European Patent Office that have been granted for Dutch territory. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information about the application of patents, searching for patent information and about the basic concepts of other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
The NOVU (Dutch Association of Inventors) is the professional and knowledge organisation of inventors, product developers and researchers in the Netherlands and was founded in 1989.
Novuster is a virtual assessment site. This site was created in order to be able to go through the process from idea to market and to offer qualified support where necessary. The initiator of the site is the Dutch Association of Inventors, in short the NOVU.

2. Copyright

Buma/Stemra is the copyright organisation that represents the interests of music authors and music publishers in the Netherlands and its members worldwide. There are more than 25,000 affiliated composers, text writers and publishers. Buma/Stemra ensures that they receive a fee if their music is used.
The statutory provisions concerning copyright in the Netherlands are laid down in the Copyright Act.
The Federation wants to increase and strengthen the support for copyright. In addition, the Federation aims to protect and improve the position of the rightholders.
Mijnlicentie.nl is the service organisation of Buma, Sena and Videma. It takes care of Buma's and Sena's administration. You can easily apply for and manage a licence via mijnlicentie.nl.
The statutory provisions concerning the rights of a performing artist (singer or actor) are laid down in the Netherlands in the Neighbouring Rights Act.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
Sena regulates the licences for performing artists and record producers under the neighbouring right.
Videma regulates the licences for a complete package of TV programmes for business use.

3. Trade name

EA trade name is the name under which your company trades and is known by. Protection is created through use. A trade name is registered with the Chamber of Commerce in the commercial register.
Trade names can be found in the Commercial Register that is managed by the Chamber of Commerce.
The use of a trade name is regulated in the Trade Name Act.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.

4. Trademark law

Association of trademark and design attorneys in the Benelux.
The official office for trademark registration in the Benelux.
Register of all valid trademarks in the Benelux (Benelux trademarks, EU trademarks and international trademarks with validity in the Benelux).
A European Union agency responsible for registering EU marks.
The statutory provisions concerning the Benelux trademark law are laid down in Title 2 "Trademarks" of the Benelux Convention on intellectual property (BCIP).
Register of the international trademarks: this register contains only the trademarks that have been applied for via the international system of Madrid (WIPO) and not the national trademarks of the individual countries.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
Tool for classifying goods and services (terms) needed to request protection of your trademark. You can also translate a list of goods and services.
Database of national trademark registers, EU trademarks and international trademarks. In addition to the registers of all European member states, it also contains trademark registers from various countries outside Europe.
An agency of the United Nations where international applications for trademarks can be submitted.

5. Drawing or design right

Association of trademark and design agents in the Benelux.
Register of all drawings or designs registered in the Benelux that were validly registered on 1 January 2012 or thereafter. In contrast to the Benelux trademark register, this database does not contain data from the EUIPO or WIPO registers.
The official office for design registration in the Benelux.
This is a database of national design registers, Community designs and international designs. In addition to the registers of almost all European member states, it also contains design registers from various countries outside Europe.
A European Union agency responsible for registering Community designs.
Register of international designs: this register contains only the designs that have been applied for via the international system of The Hague (WIPO) and not the national designs of the individual countries.
The statutory provisions concerning the Benelux design law are laid down in Title 3 "Drawings or designs" of the Benelux Convention on intellectual property (BCIP).
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
An agency of the United Nations where international applications for designs can be filed.

6. Patent law

This is the professional organisation of all patent agents in the Netherlands. On this website you can also find an overview of all patent agents.
The Dutch Patent Act 1995 regulates the granting and registration of patents for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In the free online Dutch Patent Register, you find the status of Dutch patents and patent applications since 1912, supplementary protection certificates (SPC) and European patents validated in the Netherlands.
A handy and free internet database to search for patents (from more than 90 countries worldwide).
The main activity of the EPO is to grant European patents, after having thoroughly examined them. The EPO is also responsible for examining oppositions filed against granted European patents.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) grants patents for the Netherlands and keeps the Patent Register. The Patent Office also registers patents of the European Patent Office granted for Dutch territory. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information about the application of patents, searching for patent information and about the basic concepts of other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
International applications for patents (PCT procedure) can be submitted via WIPO.

7. Database law

Database law is regulated in the Database Act.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.

8. Plant variety right

The Community Plant Variety Office, (CPVO) is an agency of the European Union and grants the Community plant variety right.
The Council for Plant Varieties grants plant variety rights according to the Seeds and Planting Materials Act 2005.
Plant variety rights are regulated in the Seeds and Planting Materials Act 2005.
Here you will find the contact details of the national authorities worldwide for applying for a national plant variety right.
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights and refers to specialised bodies.
To know which plant varieties are protected you can consult the Dutch variety register.

9. Semiconductor topography right

The Legal Protection of Original Topographies of Semiconductor Products Act regulates the protection of microchips (semiconductor topography right).
The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act and grants semiconductor topography rights. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.

10.1 Related topics - Fixed date

The Royal Dutch Notarial Association (KNB) ensures that the affiliated (junior) civil-law notaries act expertly, independently and with integrity.
With an i-DEPOT, you get legal proof of creation on a certain day.
Publish your i-DEPOT via i-D Space.
Find a civil-law notary to draw up a notarial deed concerning your creation.

10.2 Related topics - Domain names

Via Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) you can look up which authority is the administrator for all existing domain name extensions.
The SIDN (Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland) manages .nl domain names and here you can look up which names with an .nl extension already exist.

10.3 Related topics - Confidentiality

The Netherlands Patent Office (part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)) implements the Dutch Patent Act and provides information about the European Directive on trade secrets. In addition, the Netherlands Patent Office also provides information on patents and on the basic concepts of the other intellectual property rights, and refers to specialised bodies.
Measures to keep information secret.