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:

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

Our staff

Our employees are proud of their work and passionate about their area of expertise: Intellectual Property. Accordingly, we help entrepreneurs find out the possibilities to protect a trademark, design or idea. The fact that BOIP is an independent organization means we cannot give personal advice. But what we can, and are keen to do, is to make entrepreneurs aware of the ways of the world of intellectual property: knowledgeable and accessible, active and direct. We know exactly what we are talking about. Conversely, we are also interested to find out what matters to you. So that we can provide you with the best possible service.

Our Director's Committee

The Executive Committee consists of three members:

  1. Hugues Derème - 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 BOIP's operational activities within the Operations and Legal & International Affairs departments. Also responsible for international cooperation with partner organisations.
  2. Ragnar Gustafsson - Deputy Director General: responsible for General Affairs: the BOIP's organisational activities within the IT, Finance and Human Resources departments.
  3. Yves Hoffmann - Deputy Director General: responsible for BOIP's Marketing, Communications and Customer Services.

Management Team

Aside from the Directors' Committee, the BOIP Management Team is comprised of the members shown below.

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 Intellectual Property Office of Sint Maarten (BIP SXM)Trademark 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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