Benelux Trademark Law

The Trademark Law of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg is governed collectively by the Uniform Benelux Law on Marks -"Trademark Law." Trademarks are registered with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) in Dutch or French. An appeal can be made against BOIP’s decisions before the courts of appeal in The Hague (Gerechtshof) in Brussels (Hof van Beroep or Cour d’appel) or in Luxembourg (Cour d’appel). BOPIP also considers registration of international trademarks.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does the opposition process work?
Can applicants check their trademark and/or that of others online?
How long does the registration process take?
What are the time-limits for protective action?

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