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Intellectual property in the Netherlands

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The NL Agency is the agency for companies in the Netherlands
Regional Organisations
Industrial Property Office, Copyright Office
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patents Act of the Kingdom 1995
10 years, renewable for further 10-year periods Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market
10 years, renewable for further 10-year periods Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market
It initially has a life of five years from the filing date and can be renewed in blocks of five years up to a maximum of 25 years, whereas the UCD grants a right of three years from the date of the first disclosure that must take place within EU territory.  
70 years, but varies a lot depending on the type of product Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Property
A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 25  

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