Opposition proceedings in the Benelux


Dick Elberse

The Benelux countries—Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg— introduced oppositions in January 2004. Now, after seven years of experience, we are able to evaluate the Benelux opposition system.

Opposition procedure

The minimum requirements to initiate an opposition procedure in the Benelux are:

• Timely filing of a completed opposition form (by fax or mail) by a company or natural person established within the EU, and for all others with the help of a local representative;

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