A patent application can be filed for each country, such as in:
Dutch patents are granted by the NL Agency, formerly the Netherlands Patent Council and Patent Office. Arnold + Siedsma has been authorised for more than 90 years to represent its clients directly in the Netherlands.
Arnold + Siedsma has already written more than 5,000 Dutch patents and has ensured that these have been granted.
The responsible body for Belgium is the Office for Intellectual Property (Dienst voor de Industriële Eigendom – DIE). Our office in Antwerp deals with Belgian applications.
There is little difference between the procedures in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Once the patent application has been filed, a novelty search must be requested. Around nine months later, you will receive a search report and a written statement of grounds. The patent application may be adapted on the basis of this report. The patent is then granted, and is valid for a maximum of twenty years.
Arnold + Siedsma usually engages the services of a local agent to conduct a national procedure in another country.