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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

1,195 Belgian patent applications filed
1,114 Belgian patents granted
74 applications for supplementary protection certificates filed
36 supplementary protection certificates granted
104,481 European patents designating Belgium granted
3 plant variety certificates granted

3 plant variety certificates issueds

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IPObel finances

Steadily Increasing Revenues

In its capacity as the Belgian Intellectual Property Office, IPObel’s revenues are obtained from the processing and maintenance fees relating to patent applications, supplementary protection certificates and plant variety rights.
Find out how our revenues changed from 2019 to 2023.

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IPObel and Industrial Property

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In 2023, the first appeal was lodged with UPC's local division in Brussels.

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IPObel and International Affaires

EUIPO headquarters, Alicante via wikimedia CC Kristof Roomp

In 2023, IPObel signed a new cooperation agreement with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). That collaboration stands for considerable aid and support for SMEs.


IPObel and Raising awareness

Prediagnostic service for intellectual property

Which intellectual property rights (IPR) does your business own? Are those rights protected? If not, is it possible to protect them? How much will it cost? What are the advantages of protecting IPR? What are the risks of not registering IPR?

Those are questions you may not have the answers to. Since 15 May 2023, the IP prediagnosis service, offered and subsidised by the Intellectual Property Office (IPObel), can answer all your questions about IPR.

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Intellectual Property Consultation Days

Are you a starter, manager or 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 2023, IPObel’s Contact Point dealt with 1,777 questions from businesses and citizens in addition to the 388 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