Patent Filing in Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the most elite hubs of Innovation. Below is a guide about the filing procedures, routes and fees for Patent Filing in Netherlands.

Patent Filing in Netherlands
Patent Filing in Netherlands

Patent Filing in Netherlands: The Routes

If you are seeking a patent in Netherlands, there are 4 options:

1.     Direct Filing with the Netherlands Intellectual Property Office (NPO)

2.     International Filing via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

3.     Filing in EU via European Patent Convention (EPC)

  • The EPC route allows you to file a patent application with the European Patent Office (EPO).
  • EPC has 38 contracting states.
  • The granting of a patent in Netherlands remains under the control of the NPO.

4.     Filing via Euro-PCT

  • This is an extension to PCT only, with the exception that the procedure focuses on the elements specific to the PCT procedure before the EPO.
  • The provisions of the PCT and its Regulations (“the PCT Rules”) apply, supplemented by the provisions of the EPC.
  • In case of conflict between the provisions of the EPC and the PCT, the PCT prevails.
  • The granting of a patent in Netherlands remains under the control of the NPO, i.e “national phase”.

Patent Filing in Netherlands (NPO): Filing Overview

Your patent application needs to meet 2 sets of requirements:

Requirements for application number and filing date

  • Concise indication of intent to file a patent application
  • Name and address of the applicant
  • Description of the invention i.e. Subject Matter of the invention
  • Abstract
  • The application must be in Dutch or English
  • Claims (Must be in Dutch)
  • Drawings (if necessary)

Formal Requirements

  • Details, payment and documents such as inventor’s address (different from Applicant’s address if inventor is different from applicant).
  • Additional Regulations which are a part of the Patent Regulation 2009.

For more information, check out the Patent Act -1995.

Filing Options (NPO)

You can file your application offline with the NPO or use the e-filing system.

Offline Filing

You can post your application at any of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency offices (refer the link for the addresses).


You can file your application online using EPOnline (EPO’s online filing system). The same route can be used to file a European (transmission to the EPA) or international (transmission to WIPO) patent application with the NPO.

Patent Fees: Overview

Action Online Fee Offline Fee
Patent Application €80 €120
National Application Search €100
International Application Search €794
Transmittal fee for an international application €50
Fee for submitting a Translation Document into Dutch €25

For more information, visit the Patent Fees page on the NPO website.

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