BOIP Benelux

Office Details
The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property
Contact details

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property

Bordewijklaan 15, NL-2591 XR, The Hague, BX

+31 70 349 11 11

+31 70 347 57 08



(including trade mark e-filing, design e-filing, e-services and the back office system under the Software Package)

Implemented in 2013 or earlier

Common Gateway for Applications

An easy and efficient way to access the European Trade Mark and Design Network.


Trade mark search tool

CP1. Harmonisation on Trade Marks Classification Practice of G&S

Creating a common classification database and practice (project closed)


A seniority claim allows you to maintain the right obtained in a member state, under the EUTM.


Trade mark classification tool

CP2. Convergence of Class Headings

Reach a common interpretation on the Nice Class Headings (project closed)


Registered designs search tool

Common User Satisfaction Survey

Harmonised survey system for IP Offices

Implemented in 2014

Software Package

Web based suite of tools supporting the trade marks and designs lifecycle


Generating trade mark and design filing forecasts for IP Offices

CP4 – Scope of Protection of Black and White (B&W) Marks

Trade marks exclusively in black, white and/or shades of grey (project closed)


IP Office assessments of similarity of G&S

Implemented in 2015

CP5. Relative Grounds – Likelihood of Confusion (Impact of non-distinctive/weak components)

The objective of this project is to harmonize the different interpretations on how to deal with non-distinctive/weak components of trade marks in the context of the examination of relative grounds for refusal (likelihood of confusion) (project closed)

CP3. Absolute Grounds - Figurative Marks

Harmonize the different interpretations