Region: Hungary

IPO clarifies deadline extensions in trademark procedures

For the submission of declarations or responses to office actions relating to application deficiencies, applicants may request up to three one-month extensions, or one three-month extension, without the need to support the request with evidence.

03 May 2022

Hungary amends trademark legislation: key changes highlighted

Act LXVII, which amends a number of industrial property laws in order to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into the national legislation, has entered into force in Hungary. This update reviews the main amendments introduced by the act.

05 March 2019

Hungary amends official fee structure and amounts for trademark-related services

A new fee structure for trademark-related services has entered into force in Hungary. Official fees have decreased for services related to trademarks registered in one class only, but have increased for trademarks registered in two or more classes.

13 February 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Hungary

Featured in Designs: A Global Guide 2019

The national industrial design protection regime grants legal protection for the appearance of the whole or a part of a product, from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture and materials of the product itself or its ornamentation.

07 January 2019

A-Z guide of EU trademark court practice and performance: Finland to Hungary

In the second of our five-part series, trademark counsel from law firms across Europe provide an overview of the performance of their countries’ EU trademark courts over the last two years.

17 August 2018

Hungary

Featured in Designs 2016: A Global Guide

Hungarian design law accepts the overlap of different protection regimes for the same product. Thus, as well as industrial design protection, parties acquiring or enforcing design rights may make use of trademark and copyright protection and unfair competition law.

14 December 2015

Pharmaceutical law amended to help combat counterfeit medicines

A significant addition to the Hungarian Act on Medicinal Products for Human Use has entered into force: Paragraph 20/A, entitled “Temporary inaccessibility of electronic data”. The amendment allows the National Institute for Quality and Organisational Development in Healthcare and Medicines to combat the sale of counterfeit drugs online faster and more effectively.

13 February 2015

Amendments introduce important changes to trademark legislation

As part of the revision of the Hungarian IP laws, the amendments to Act XI of 1997 on the Protection of Trademarks and Geographical Indications have come into force. The amendments implement international agreements and EU rules in the country, and introduce significant changes to the trademark legislation.

02 September 2013

Amended domain name regulations enter into force

The amended domain name regulations, which are intended to shorten and simplify the registration process, have entered into force in Hungary. Trademark owners now have eight days - instead of 14 - to object if a third party tries to register a domain name that violates their rights.

16 September 2011

Action for cancellation rejected due to failure to prove bad faith

The Metropolitan Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Metropolitan Court dismissing an action for the cancellation of the mark VET-MED-LABOR. Among other things, the Court of Appeal held that, although Vet-Med-Labor Kft could have been aware that IDEXX Laboratories Inc was using the mark, it could not be proven that Vet-Med-Labor had fraudulent intentions when it applied for the registration of the mark.

12 May 2010

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