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 tasks and duties:

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

Our Director's Committee

Our Director's Committee currently consists of two 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, Finances, Human Resources and Corporate Communication departments.
  • Hugues Derème - Deputy Director Registration & Legal Affairs: responsible for BOIP's operational activities within the Registration, Legal Affairs and Information & Promotion departments. Also responsible for international cooperation with partner organisations.

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 (WMB) in the three special-status Dutch municipalities BonaireSint-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) arranges trademark registration for Sint Maarten. BIP SXM is the official body for the execution of the "Merkenverordening" and the promotion of other IP rights, such as patents and copyright. Mrs. V. Rosen-Sandiford is  the Bureau's Director. BIP SXM works closely with BOIP, which 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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