The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) is the official body for trademarks and designs registration in the Benelux. As instructed by the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands, BOIP also implements the Trademarks Act (BES Islands). This is the trademark legislation applicable in the three special Dutch municipalities Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius and Saba.
BOIP is part of the Benelux Organisation for Intellectual Property, an international organisation made up of three bodies:
- the Committee of Ministers, the highest level decision-making body in the Benelux Union;
- the Administrative Council, comprising representatives from the three Benelux countries;
- the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), which in its capacity of intergovernmental organisation is responsible for implementing the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property.
This cooperation between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg is unique and, since its inception, has evolved into a modern organisation with exceptional expertise in intellectual property in the Benelux. We are in close contact with many national and international intellectual property organisations and work constantly to fine-tune our services.
As of 10 October 2010, BOIP has implemented the Trademarks Act for Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba under the authority of the National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands. The Netherlands is the first Benelux country to have entrusted BOIP with discharging a supplementary intellectual property law remit. You can find more information about BOIP on www.boip.int.