Register a design
You apply to register and protect a design by filing it online. The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) is the official body for design registration in the Benelux. Registering a simple design in the Benelux costs 108 euro plus 10 euro per representation. The procedure for definitive design registration takes about 4 months. If your design cannot be registred after all, the filing fees will not be refunded.
The registration is valid for a period of 5 years. Your design will be protected for the duration of this period. You can renew your registration at the end of the 5-year period for successive periods of 5 years to a maximum of 25 years.
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Registering a design on paper
You can also file a design (submit an application) by filling in a form and paying the required fees. You can print out the form, the annexes for a multiple design application, and the explanatory notes. After you have filled in the forms you can send them to us by mail or fax or submit them to us in person.
Use clear representations
When submitting a design application it is very important that you use clear representations. After all, the protection of a design is based exclusively on the representations in the register and not on what the product looks like in reality. You should therefore make sure that all the characteristics to be protected are clearly visible on the representations, for example by showing your design from different angles.
Need help applying for your design?
If you have any questions about the registration procedure, you can contact our Information Centre. Our staff can provide you with further details on the relevant procedures. If you would like advice, please contact a design agent or specialised lawyer.
“I developed the Tuliplu, also known as the tulip umbrella, in 1990. The model was registered in those countries where we saw the best markets. To prevent it being copied, I have the umbrella’s characteristic handle, shaped like a tulip’s calyx, attached in the Netherlands. The rest of it is produced overseas. I’ve already applied for and secured around six interim injunctions."
Joost Heetman, industrial designer