Protection of an idea: how does it work?

The i-DEPOT can serve as a means of evidence in case of a conflict. With this document it can be proven that you had a certain idea, concept or method, for example the format for a television show, prior to the other party. But beware: the i-DEPOT offers a certain certainty, but it does not create an independent intellectual property right. It is therefore not a substitute right of any existing intellectual property right, such as a copyright, trademark right or design right.

Our legal counsels can draft an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) for you, for the best protection. Such an agreement enables you to share your idea with other parties in a safer way and it reduces the risk of idea theft by these parties.

What are the costs of an i-DEPOT?

Merk-Echt can file an i-DEPOT for you. You will then receive an official filing number so that anyone can see that your idea or concept has been filed as an i-DEPOT. The one-off costs for these services are € 250,- excluding VAT and including the official taxes. The i-DEPOT subsequently has a validity of 5 years and can (when you do not appeal to the i-DEPOT) ever be prolonged for periods of 5 year. The costs of a prolongation are € 175,- excluding VAT and including official taxes.

When we are the representative of your trademark, design, domain name or i-DEPOT, we always give you a timely heads up when your rights should or can be renewed. Read more about our services on trademark renewal. More information on protection of your concept or idea through the i-DEPOT? You can contact us without any obligations by calling 076 514 84 03 or by sending an email to

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