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Intellectual Property — Hungary


Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Long-established leading name in the Hungarian IP market. Able to draw on its expertise regarding patents and trade marks, particularly concerning litigation, prosecution, enforcement and IP searches. Regularly co-operates with Sár & Partners Attorneys at Law to expand its IP portfolio.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as "very specialised and one of the most well-known patent offices in Hungary."

Notable practitioners

Leading name Éva Szigeti is a highly experienced IP lawyer, with strong trade mark law expertise. She especially focuses on prosecution and litigation involving trade marks, as well as unfair competition mandates.

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SBGK Patent and Law Offices - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Katalin Szamosi and Zsolt Szentpéteri
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stand-out IP practice with broad patent and trade mark expertise. Frequently handles IP litigation, trade mark portfolio management and prosecution, and patent filings and applications. Also well placed to handle design mandates.

Work highlights Represented Rubiks Brand against a claim from Simba Toys in relation to the latter's assertion that the Rubik's Cube 3D mark can only be classified as a patent and not a copyright.

Notable practitioners

Katalin Szamosi has a long-standing reputation in the market, and is lauded by commentators as "a very reputable trade mark lawyer." Praised by other sources as "a stand-out name in the market," she has over 30 years of experience in practice. She recently acted for Deezer-Blogmusik on a court case relating to online rights.

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Szecskay Attorneys at Law - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gusztáv Bacher
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding team of experienced practitioners, acting on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Particular areas of expertise include patent infringement cases in the pharmaceutical space, trade mark defence, prosecution and registration, as well as copyright issues relating to music, literature and software.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the team's efficiency and manner with clients. Interviewees report: "The service is absolutely excellent and always on time." The same client describes the group as "open, well-trained and very polite."

Other clients echo this sentiment, noting: "They have very well-prepared people." This source characterises their relationship with the firm as "a very trustful partnership."

Value for money Clients are happy with the value provided by the firm, with one highly satisfied interviewee noting that "their prices are in harmony with their qualities."

Work highlights Assisted Richter Gedeon as the defendant with a pair of ongoing patent infringement claims relating to pharmaceutical products, against Pfizer and Bayer respectively.

Acted for KRKA against a claim by Bayer, concerning patent infringement linked to veterinary products.

Significant clients Budapest Festival Orchestra, Chinoin, Egis Pharmaceuticals, Strellson, Univer Products.

Notable practitioners

Gusztáv Bacher moves up the rankings on account of his strong market reputation. One client especially appreciates the way that he "communicates with people in a normal way; in a world of emails, I always want to talk so I know what kind of person I'm dealing with." Active on a full range of patent, trade mark and unfair competition cases, he recently assisted Breitling regarding the use of its name and logo by a Hungarian company.

András Szecskay is "very, very experienced," according to one interviewee, who also describes him as "very professional and well-prepared." He is active as a patent litigator, and also played a key role in assisting Zwack with various trade mark issues, including infringement and prosecution.

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CMS - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dóra Petrányi
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team providing strong expertise in relation to trade marks, copyrights and patents, often handling IP portfolios for top-name international clients from the TMT, pharmaceutical, energy and finance sectors. Well-positioned to handle contentious issues in the digital space, especially concerning film and software-related infringements.

Strengths The group earns plaudits for its strong team of lawyers and its client-oriented approach. Clients highlight "their combination of expertise, client service and very high-quality lawyers."

Other clients appreciate the team's accessibility, noting that they are "very responsive and diligent."

Value for money Client consensus suggests the firm is cost-effective in its billing practices, with sources noting that "they deliver good value for money and regularly offer training and seminars."

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft Hungary on various IP matters, including litigation concerning online data privacy, which specifically relates to a 'right to be forgotten' case.

Advised Magyar Telekom on the copyright implications of its purchase of numerous mobile, television and online rights.

Significant clients AMC Networks, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, RTL Group, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Department head Dóra Petrányi has particular expertise in the TMT and life science sectors, regularly acting on trade mark and domain disputes. She advised Wizz Air on its full IP portfolio, including numerous global trade mark disputes. According to a client, she is "a strong adviser and excellent negotiator, who is always reachable and there to answer our questions and protect our interests."

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Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Ügyvédi Iroda - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Zsófia Lendvai
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established IP practice, with strong expertise across the full range of trade mark, patent and copyright issues. Frequently assists leading international clients in sectors such as retail and TMT, in relation to trade mark registration issues, anti-counterfeiting and customs matters, domain name disputes and IP rights transactions.

Strengths The team is praised for its high level of service and strong client attention. Interviewees reflect: "They are really effective and very responsive, with a high quality of legal advice."

Work highlights Assisted clients such as Earl Enterprises, Jumeirah and Swarovski with their Hungarian trade mark portfolios, including in relation to applications and renewals.

Notable practitioners

Zsófia Lendvai has strong expertise in relation to patent, copyright and trade mark law. She regularly acts on behalf of leading multinational clients, with her knowledge spanning domestic and wider European issues. Impressed clients say: "She always cuts straight through to the essence of an issue or advice. Her tactical nous and understanding of the Hungarian system are very strong. She gives us clear and pragmatic advice, which is most helpful."

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Sár & Partners Attorneys at Law - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Judit Lantos, József Tálas and Csaba Sár
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected IP boutique, particularly active in litigation. Especially handles copyright, patent and trade mark infringement cases, as well as unfair competition matters, and works closely with Danubia Patent and Law Office. Frequently acts for well-known multinational clients in the pharmaceutical, TMT and retail spaces.

Strengths The team draws praise for its accessibility and IP expertise. Sources note: "They have been very good and very responsive." The same interviewee goes on to praise the group's "good technical knowledge."

Other sources comment: "It is a very good firm and is very experienced."

Work highlights Represented László Oroszi in a claim for patent infringement against adidas, in relation to the design of footwear.

Acted for a Hungarian singer on a claim for copyright infringement against another artist, relating to the alleged use of the client's music in another song.

Notable practitioners

Csaba Sár is a leading name in the market, with peers identifying him as "a very reputable copyright lawyer." Also highly adept at handling patent litigation, he has particular knowledge in relation to film, television and music, as well as pharmaceuticals.

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Bird & Bird - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bálint Halász
- 4 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team providing the full range of IP services for leading Hungarian and international clients, in sectors such as TMT, pharmaceuticals and retail. Especially handles patent and copyright infringement cases, trade mark enforcements and applications, as well as customs issues.

Strengths The team draws praise for its speedy and pragmatic advice. Clients say: "They were responsive and provided practical instructions." They add: "We received detailed explanation about timelines and each step of the legal actions."

Work highlights Acted for Kvint-R on a trade mark cancellation matter, relating to its 3D printing services.

Assisted SKF with trade mark enforcement, customs and anti-counterfeiting issues concerning its roll bearing products.

Significant clients Hello Wood, Hyamatrix, Speedfitness.

Notable practitioners

Bálint Halász provides strong expertise in patent, copyright, trade mark, customs and design matters, including enforcement and litigation. A highly-rated practitioner, he is described by a client as "business-minded and easy to communicate with." He assisted Hello Wood with various IP matters, including copyright issues and trade mark applications.

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Oppenheim - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ivan Bartal
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid presence on the Hungarian IP scene, particularly adept in handling prosecution and infringement matters concerning trade marks and designs. Also well-versed in relation to patents, as well as data privacy and anti-counterfeiting issues. Frequently assists top name clients from sectors such as technology, automotives and manufacturing.

Strengths Clients emphasise the group's highly efficient service as a key strength. Interviewees report: "The service from Oppenheim is at a very high level – out of 10 I would give them 11. They are accurate, reliable and always provide necessary and useful information in time."

Other clients concur, reflecting: "They are very responsive and proactive. They not only answer if there is an issue, but they always have their own suggestions, which is helpful to us."

Work highlights Acted for adidas on litigation against a Hungarian inventor, in relation to patent infringement.

Provided regular advice to Tarsago, including on data protection, copyright and gambling laws.

Significant clients BeeRides, Bonafarm, PPG Trilak, Ringier Axel Springer, Sanoma.

Notable practitioners

Áron László has a growing reputation in the market. One client notes that he "offers practical advice – I really appreciate his excellent communication skills and quick turnaround." With strong expertise regarding patents and trade marks, he recently provided IP assistance to Leier on various prosecution matters, as well as litigation.

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Szecskay Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gusztáv Bacher moves up the rankings on account of his strong market reputation. One client especially appreciates the way that he "communicates with people in a normal way; in a world of emails, I always want to talk so I know what kind of person I'm dealing with." Active on a full range of patent, trade mark and unfair competition cases, he recently assisted Breitling regarding the use of its name and logo by a Hungarian company.

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Sár & Partners Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Csaba Sár is a leading name in the market, with peers identifying him as "a very reputable copyright lawyer." Also highly adept at handling patent litigation, he has particular knowledge in relation to film, television and music, as well as pharmaceuticals.

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SBGK Patent and Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katalin Szamosi has a long-standing reputation in the market, and is lauded by commentators as "a very reputable trade mark lawyer." Praised by other sources as "a stand-out name in the market," she has over 30 years of experience in practice. She recently acted for Deezer-Blogmusik on a court case relating to online rights.

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Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leading name Éva Szigeti is a highly experienced IP lawyer, with strong trade mark law expertise. She especially focuses on prosecution and litigation involving trade marks, as well as unfair competition mandates.

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Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Ügyvédi Iroda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zsófia Lendvai has strong expertise in relation to patent, copyright and trade mark law. She regularly acts on behalf of leading multinational clients, with her knowledge spanning domestic and wider European issues. Impressed clients say: "She always cuts straight through to the essence of an issue or advice. Her tactical nous and understanding of the Hungarian system are very strong. She gives us clear and pragmatic advice, which is most helpful." 

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Dóra Petrányi has particular expertise in the TMT and life science sectors, regularly acting on trade mark and domain disputes. She advised Wizz Air on its full IP portfolio, including numerous global trade mark disputes. According to a client, she is "a strong adviser and excellent negotiator, who is always reachable and there to answer our questions and protect our interests."

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Szecskay Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

András Szecskay is "very, very experienced," according to one interviewee, who also describes him as "very professional and well-prepared." He is active as a patent litigator, and also played a key role in assisting Zwack with various trade mark issues, including infringement and prosecution.

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bálint Halász provides strong expertise in patent, copyright, trade mark, customs and design matters, including enforcement and litigation. A highly-rated practitioner, he is described by a client as "business-minded and easy to communicate with." He assisted Hello Wood with various IP matters, including copyright issues and trade mark applications.

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Oppenheim

From the Chambers Europe guide

Áron László has a growing reputation in the market. One client notes that he "offers practical advice – I really appreciate his excellent communication skills and quick turnaround." With strong expertise regarding patents and trade marks, he recently provided IP assistance to Leier on various prosecution matters, as well as litigation.

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