The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.
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SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys is “one of the largest local players that operates at the pinnacle of IP in Hungary”. During its more than 50 years in operation it has built up a diverse base of domestic and international businesses, acting on their behalf before Hungarian, European and international authorities. Managing partner Katalin Szamosi “is a brilliant expert and one of the most experienced practitioners in Hungary. She is a very tough opponent who refuses to give up.” Szamosi often works closely with Máté Borbás on major mandates for patrons such as Red Bull GmbH and Spin Master Toys UK, the owner of the Rubik’s Cube brand. The firm also represents world-famous Hungarian fashion brand Nanushka International Zrt. Ádám György is instrumental in the global portfolio management work for this client, which includes the filing of new marks in the European Union and across the globe. Another top performer on the team is Péter Lukácsi who “has very deep knowledge of trademarks, vast experience and a great reputation on the market”. A familiar face before the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO), EUIPO, EPO and WIPO, Gabriella Sasvári excels in portfolio management and enforcement proceedings. As Sasvári enters the latter stages of her illustrious career, she will be passing the torch to WTR 1000 debutant Adrienn Sályi, a third-generation lawyer at the ensemble, whose forte lies in trademark prosecution.
Decades of legal experience
With more than 50 years of professional experience, SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys provides outstanding services in all commercial law areas, especially intellectual property law, to both domestic and international clients from more than 20 sectors. Our lawyers and patent attorneys have decades of experience in all fields of defending and enforcing intellectual property rights. SBGK’s clients can rely on the expertise of our attorneys and patent attorneys in the area of legal proceedings required for securing intellectual property rights and using the acquired rights. SBGK’s team of paralegals perform routine jobs associated with our clients’ intellectual property rights quickly and with precision subject to oversight by attorneys and patent attorneys. This includes intellectual property rights portfolio management, patent annuities payment, preparing trademark searches and patent freedom-to-operate searches, as well as the completion of trademark, domain and customs monitoring-related work. SBGK’s intellectual property department is a well-known, reliable partner and an innovative, constantly available and up-to-date legal service provider.
SBGK’s attorneys at law are qualified to represent clients before the EUIPO, the EU General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Similarly, SBGK’s patent attorneys are all registered as European patent attorneys and can represent clients before the European Patent Office and the EUIPO.
Among others, SBGK has represented UNILEVER NV before the CJEU in the first preliminary ruling referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union from a Hungarian court in a trademark matter. Similarly, our firm also represented Rubik’s Ltd, one of the most well-known brands in the toy industry before the General Court and the European Court of Justice in a landmark trademark case which received high media and press publicity. Furthermore, SBGK provided legal advice to its client in a case which was referred to Court of Justice of the European Union in relation to the interpretation of Article 9 (7) of the Enforcement Directive. The interpretation of the article has an important effect on patent litigation and particularly on compensation claims resulting from unjustified preliminary injunctions.
In addition to SBGK’s strong intellectual property practice, the firm helps foreign investors set up their business in Europe and provides them with all the necessary legal services in company establishment, mergers and acquisitions, competition law, employment law matters and various other commercial transactions.
SBGK, as the leading intellectual property law firm in Hungary, offers not only professional services, but also a broad network of international contacts, which includes well-known national and international firms of attorneys at law and patent attorneys, guaranteeing high-quality services. SBGK’s attorneys at law and patent attorneys are members of and hold various positions in international intellectual property organisations such as the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), MARQUES, UNION, EPLAW, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the Licensing Executives Society International and the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office.
Gateway to Europe
SBGK is looking to broaden its professional international network and form partnerships with foreign patent and trademark attorneys, to represent clients from Europe and further afield in international IP matters. SBGK can provide a one-stop shop for European patent, Patent Cooperation Treaty, EU trademark and registered Community design applications.