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The Intellectual Property Office (IPObel)

IPObel is part of the Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy and more specifically the Directorate-General for Economic Regulation.

IPObel has jurisdiction over all intellectual property matters in Belgium.

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IPObel in a few figures

1,207 Belgian patent applications filed
1,081 Belgian patents granted
61 applications for supplementary protection certificates filed
35 supplementary protection certificates granted
85,585 European patents designating Belgium granted
3 plant variety certificates granted

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Opri 2022 : quelques chiffres
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IPObel's Finances

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Steadily Increasing Revenues

In its capacity as the Belgian Intellectual Property Office, IPObel’s revenues come from the processing and maintenance fees relating to patent applications, supplementary protection certificates and plant variety rights it collects.
Find out how our revenues changed from 2018 to 2022.

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IPObel and Industrial Property

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 The Law of 25 september 2022

Legislation on intellectual property that is more readable, more coherent, more protective and more attractive for users.

The European patent with unitary effect and the Unified Patent Court

New in 2022: the closing stages for the start of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Opri2022 brevet unitaire
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IPObel and International Affairs

Opri 2022 international affairs

In 2022, IPObel signed a second cooperation agreement with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). A collaboration that translates into considerable aid and support for SMEs.


IPObel and Raising Awareness

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Create Protect Benefit

Are you an entrepreneur? Protect and enhance your business with intellectual property.
To help you learn about and use intellectual property effectively, we have designed this platform as a step-by-step teaching tool.

Econometric Analysis of the Use of Intellectual Property Protection Systems in Belgium

At the request of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) and the Federal Public Service Economy, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the consultancy firm IDEA Consult have conducted a study on the characteristics of companies that apply for intellectual property rights.

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 Opri 2022 Journée de consultation

Intellectual Property Consultation Days

Are you a starter, manager of an SME, designer, researcher or inventor? Consultations tailored to your needs are offered in the form of one-to-one meetings with one or more experts in various areas of intellectual property.

Contact Point

In 2022, IPObel’s Contact Point dealt with 1,963 questions from businesses and citizens in addition to the 408 questions directly answered by the FPS Economy’s Contact Center.

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To contact IPObel

The Contact Center is at your service every working day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It is the single point of contact to communicate with the FPS Economy.

Tel.: 0800 120 33
 : info.eco@economie.fgov.be