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You can protect your idea in several ways. You can either secure your intellectual property (IP) by means of patents or licenses or you can choose to enter into a partnership. Both within the Netherlands and abroad. It is important to find the right balance between desperately trying to protect your idea and carelessly squandering your chances.

Patent registration

Fact is that a bright idea will be stolen. It is therefore very important to protect your intellectual property, especially in countries such as China. Even if you are a SME and you don’t have any clients in China. Your competitors, however, are based there. Always register your patents in China. It is important to properly protect your idea and/or your clients’ idea, even if only the production facilities are located in China. If your intellectual property is stolen, you can only take legal action if you have secured that intellectual property by means of a patent or license.

Support regarding registration of IP

Still not sure whether you are squandering your chances by not protecting your idea? The Brainport Development business developers will help you make the right choice by asking the right, critical questions. They can also help you find the right partners and initiatives in the region to help you with your legal and tax issues.  Free of charge.

You can get more information from these partners

The Gate

The Gate is the platform for tech startups in the first stage of their existence. An information and advice platform, physical and digital, they can reach out to for a successful take off.

RvO Octrooicentrum

Information on patents, patent protection, patent information, intellectual property strategy and open innovation for technically innovative SMEs: advisory meetings, workshops, studies. Person of contact is Twan Uijtewaal:

Vereniging Brainport Tech & Law

Brainport TechLaw wants to offer the Brainport region an accessible platform where technology and law meet. The association facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience between (start-up) technology companies and consultants (lawyers, accountants, patent attorneys).

ehvLinc - Legal & Tax incubator

As an entrepreneur, you want to focus fully on your business and not on time-consuming legal and tax issues. ehvLinc offers a unique program in which it helps starters to put their legal and tax obligations in order.

LIOC Patents & Trademarks

Provides national and international patent registrations, trademark and design registrations, and all related advice.

I can help you with making the right choices for your company, free of charge. Call and receive advice on intellectuel property and which partner fits you best.



Piet van der Wielen

Program Director Business | Brainport Development

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