Can I register a trademark in the Netherlands only, or do I have to go for the Benelux trademark?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

If you wish to protect your trademark in the Netherlands, you must file your application at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). Once the trademark is registered, it will be valid and protected in the Netherlands, Benelux, and Luxembourg. It is not possible to file a direct application in the Netherlands only. The same applies to the rest of the member states of Benelux since they share the same IP office.

If you wish to file an application through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), you can do so separately in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Since the Netherlands is part of the European Union, registering an EU-wide trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is also an option. Trademark registration in the European Union will protect the brand in all member countries.

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