Organisation and policy

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) is part of the Benelux Organisation for Intellectual Property. The Organisation has been assigned the following remits:

  1. to implement the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP) and the Implementing Regulations (IR);
  2. to promote the protection of trademarks and designs in the Benelux countries;
  3. to perform additional tasks in other fields of intellectual property law, as directed by the Executive Board;
  4. continual evaluation and, if necessary, amendment of  Benelux legislation governing trademarks and designs, in the light of international, Community and other developments.

Our Director's Committee

The Executive Committee consists of three members:

  • Ragnar Gustafsson - Director General: has final responsibility for the organisation as a whole and for the performance of BOIP's statutory duties. Represents the Benelux Organisation. Responsible for General Affairs: the BOIP's organisational activities within the IT, Finance and Human Resources departments.
  • Hugues Derème - Deputy Director General Operations and Legal & International Affairs: responsible for BOIP's operational activities within the Operations and Legal & International Affairs departments. Also responsible for international cooperation with partner organisations.
  • Yves Hoffmann - Deputy Director General Communication & Customer Services: responsible for BOIP's Marketing, Communications and Customer Services.
Hugues Derème
Deputy Director General Operations and Legal & International Affairs
Yves Hoffmann
Deputy Director General Communication & Customer Services

What else does BOIP do?

Trademark registration in the Caribbean Netherlands

As instructed by the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands BOIP also implements the Trademark Act (BES Islands) (WMB) in the three special Dutch municipalities Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius and Saba. On the website you will find information about trademark registration and maintenance in the Caribbean Netherlands.

Logo BIP SXMTrademark registration Sint Maarten

In addition,  BOIP,  in cooperation with the Sint Maarten Bureau for Intellectual Property (BIP SXM) handles trademark registration for Sint Maarten. BIP SXM is the official body entrusted with implementation of the "National Ordinance on Trademarks" and the provision on other forms of intellectual property, such as patent law and copyright. Mrs. V. Rosen-Sandiford is  the Bureau's Director. BIP SXM works closely with BOIP. The latter has provided Sint Maarten with an online trademark registration system (to be consulted via This system ensures a smooth, fast and transparent trademark registration procedure in Sint Maarten.

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