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Lodge an objection

If you wish to lodge an objection to the publication of details of an i-DEPOT on
i-D Space, you can do so online. You may lodge an objection if you believe publication constitutes an infringement of your rights or a criminal offence.

To lodge an objection online, you need to be logged in with your 'My BOIP' account.

On what grounds an objection can be lodged?

If you believe the publication infringes your (intellectual property) rights, you must be able to demonstrate that you are entitled to the right asserted or are authorised to act on behalf of the holder of the rights. You must also submit a copy of your proof of identity. The cost of lodging such an objection is EUR 75.

If you believe the publication constitutes a criminal offence, you must provide substantiation. You can lodge such an objection free of cost and should you wish to do so, anonymously. This means that your details will not be made known to the party submitting the i-DEPOT.  In the subsequent procedure you may be asked to demonstrate that the competent authorities have been notified or that a criminal complaint has been lodged. This means your details will not be made known to the party submitting the i-DEPOT. In the subsequent procedure you may be asked to demonstrate that the competent authorities have been notified or that a criminal complaint has been lodged. 

Description of the procedure

If the objection concerns an infringement of intellectual property rights, the following procedure applies:

  1. Provided the objection is lodged in accordance with the rules, the publication of the i-DEPOT will be suspended. As a consequence, the i-DEPOT will no longer be visible on i-D Space.
  2. BOIP will inform the party that submitted the i-DEPOT that an objection has been lodged.
  3. The submitting party will subsequently be given one month in which to oppose the objection.
  4. If the party that submitted the i-DEPOT fails to do this, the publication of the i-DEPOT will be terminated. 
  5. If the party that submitted the i-DEPOT does oppose the objection, their response and the appended documents will be forwarded to the complainant.
  6. The complainant will then have one month in which to demonstrate that they have initiated legal action or arbitration proceedings against the party that submitted the i-DEPOT over the lawfulness of the publication.
  7. If the complainant does this, the publication will remain suspended until the legal or arbitration proceedings are fully completed and there is no possibility of further appeal. Depending on the outcome of the proceedings, the publication will be terminated or the suspension will be lifted and the i-DEPOT republished on i-D Space.
  8. If the complainant fails to do this or withdraws their objection, the objection procedure will be closed and the i-DEPOT will be republished.

If the objection concerns a criminal offence, the following procedure applies:

  1. Provided the objection is lodged in accordance with the rules, the publication of the i-DEPOT will be suspended. As a consequence the i-DEPOT will no longer be visible on i-D Space.
  2. BOIP will inform the party that submitted the i-DEPOT that an objection has been filed.
  3. The party that submitted the i-DEPOT will subsequently be given one month in which to oppose the objection.
  4. If the party that submitted the i-DEPOT fails to do this, the publication of the i-DEPOT will be terminated. 
  5. If the party that submitted the i-DEPOT does oppose the objection, their response and the appended documents will be forwarded to the complainant if the contact details of the complainant are known to BOIP.
  6. The complainant will then have one month in which to demonstrate that the competent authorities have been notified or that a criminal complaint has been submitted.
  7. If the complainant does this, the publication will remain suspended until the competent authority has issued a decision against which there is no possibility of further appeal. Depending on the outcome of the decision, the publication will be terminated or the suspension will be lifted and the i-DEPOT republished on i-D Space.
  8. If the complainant fails to do this or withdraws their objection, the objection procedure will be closed and the i-DEPOT will be republished.

Rule 4.11 of the Implementing Regulations under the BCIP and the rule issued by the Director-General on 1 December 2016 relative to the regulations concerning the notice-and-takedown procedure published i-DEPOT are applicable to this objection procedure.

Questions ?

Should you have any questions regarding the objection procedure or the anonymous lodging of an objection based on a criminal offence, please contact the Legal Affairs department of BOIP through legal@boip.int or +31(0)70 349 1231.