Hungary

The Hungarian IP scene has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Practitioners note that the courts are becoming increasingly consistent and now see eye to eye with the European Patent Office on key matters. As a result, foreign entities are looking at the market with new interest and are investing in protecting their patents in the country. Local innovation is also on the rise, thanks to the economy’s impressive recovery over the last 24 months.

Firms: litigation and transactions

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Danubia – Sár and Partners
Szecskay Attorneys at Law
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Bird & Bird
Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Attorney at Law

Firms: prosecution

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Danubia – Sár and Partners
Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
Bird & Bird
Intellectual property is etched into the DNA of Bird & Bird and in the last decade it has really expanded its offering across across Central and Eastern Europe. Its Budapest base combines deep local insight with impressive worldwide connections and a cosmopolitan ethos to service patrons effectively across the contentious/non-contentious divide. “Bálint Halász’s strengths include precision, strong time management, an excellent command of intellectual property and clear, explicit communication; he is very accurate in his assignments and really committed to clients.”
Danubia – Sár and Partners
“Danubia is the biggest patent attorney firm in Hungary." For over 60 years, it has been sewing up complex registration matters and maximising the value of portfolios, while partner firm Sár and Partners has been lighting up courtrooms with ground-breaking victories. Working hand in hand, they provide an A-to-Z service to a wealth of prestigious clients. Arpad Petho and Imre Molnár are the leading lights on the prosecution side. Petho’s background in pharmaceutical chemistry and molecular biology ensures he can quickly get to grips with even the thorniest technical concepts, while Molnár is a strategic whizz with invaluable business nous. Clients feel comfortable when their battles are being handled by Eszter Szakacs or József Tálas – both staunch defenders of clients’ interests. Szakacs is a pharmaceuticals pro; Tálas complements his practice with strong licensing and technology transfer knowledge.
Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
“Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó has superb technical and legal knowledge.” With advanced capabilities across the technological spectrum, it makes light work of all manner of patent briefs. Name partner István Gödölle is an intellectual lodestar and a mentor to many up-and-coming IP practitioners. Marcell Kereszty comes recommended for his “fantastic technical expertise and pure ability”; he has been president of the Hungarian group of the International Association of Intellectual Property Attorneys since 2014 – a post formerly held by Gödölle. The astute Daisy Machytka-Frank “has an excellent track record in prosecuting and enforcing patents in the chemistry and life sciences sectors”.
Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Attorney at Law
Best known for its robust contentious practice, Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Attorney at Law is a frequent fixture in Hungarian courtrooms. Firmly plugged into the firm’s formidable international network, it handles cross-border matters with particular dexterity, earning itself many loyal fans overseas in the process. When preparing for battle, Zsófia Lendvai keeps commercial concerns front and centre and never loses sight of clients’ long-term objectives. Pharmaceuticals is a strong suit.

The 22 seasoned partners at SBGK are proficient in a dizzying array of fields – from electrical engineering to biotechnology, computer services and electronics – and combine expertise in both prosecution and litigation in a truly holistic offering. “Zsolt Szentpéteri always maintains a clear focus on the objectives at hand and is an excellent communicator, a skilful team leader, and, on top of all that, a delight to work with.” The commercially minded Katalin Szamosi drafts national, European and Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications with real precision.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law
Szecskay Attorneys at Law has extremely talented professionals and is a big player in the market.” Pharmaceuticals is a stronghold, although it stays ably on top of other disciplines too. It has played a key role in many of the country’s most consequential cases; it recently defended Richter Gedeon Nyrt against a claim of patent infringement by Pfizer and represented KRKA in a crucial clash with Bayer over veterinary products. Involved in both matters, Gusztáv Bacher is “very active in the field and certainly recommendable. He is one of the practitioners in the country who is really providing top-quality service to clients”. András Szecskay is the firm’s illustrious founder and a commercial spark whose guidance on licensing briefs comes infused with first-rate M&A and corporate finance know-how.

Individuals: prosecution

István Gödölle - Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
Marcell Kereszty - Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
Zoltán Kovári - Kovári and Partners Patent and Trademark Attorneys' LLC
Daisy Machytka-Frank - Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
Imre Molnár - Danubia – Sár and Partners
Arpad Petho - Danubia – Sár and Partners
Zsolt Szentpéteri - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys

Individuals: litigation and transactions

Gusztáv Bacher - Szecskay Attorneys at Law
Katalin Szamosi - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys
András Szecskay - Szecskay Attorneys at Law
József Tálas - Danubia – Sár and Partners
Bálint Halász - Bird & Bird
Zsófia Lendvai - Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie Attorney at Law
Eszter Szakacs - Danubia – Sár and Partners
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