Hungary

It is business as usual on the Hungarian patent scene: filings are progressing apace, and pharmaceutical and life sciences skirmishes continue to account for most of the contentious work handled by legal professionals. Innovation is also a hot topic of late, with the local government looking to re-energise the country’s R&D scene by setting up several funding streams to incentivise entrepreneurs and see their ideas through to launch. The overall stability in the market is reflected in the rankings, which remain unchanged for 2020.

Firms: litigation and transactions

  • Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Szecskay Attorneys at Law
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Oppenheim
  • SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys

Firms: prosecution

  • Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
  • SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie enjoys a superb reputation around the world and its Hungarian outpost is no exception to this rule. Clients can find a broad range of legal disciplines in its local offices, along with a top-notch IP practice run by Zsófia Lendvai. The versatile practitioner is a trusted ally to local SMEs looking for bespoke strategies and practical solutions; as well as to foreign juggernauts such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, which she has recently been advising on R&D and licensing mandates. Lendvai has also been acting on behalf of multinational pharmaceutical corporations in enforcement scenarios.

Bird & Bird LLP

Internationally renowned firm Bird & Bird has a solid foothold in the Hungarian legal landscape, which was further cemented when the Budapest office joined forces with Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Hungarian unit to form a robust practice. Patrons benefit from an expansive network of contacts and commercially savvy practitioners who are willing to go the extra mile in bet-the-company litigation. One such lawyer is Bálint Halász, who has gained the trust of some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. “He is unfazed by pressure – Bálint reacts quickly and professionally. His memos are incredibly useful and full of practical recommendations. He draws up unique strategies to maximise the protection of our assets.”

Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC

“One of the best in the country”, Danubia is a well-established player both in Hungary and beyond. With everything from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to global pharmaceutical titans on its roster, the firm routinely attracts prominent contentious and non-contentious mandates. Ace litigators József Tálas and Eszter Szakács are consistently excellent performers in high-stakes proceedings. Tálas performs persuasively in court and has a fantastic command of pharmaceutical issues. “A go-to attorney, Szakács is bright, passionate and dynamic”; she takes the reins on challenging medical devices matters and has made several appearances before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Danubia’s stellar prosecution line-up is comprised of Imre Molnár, Árpád Pethő and Gábor Harangozó. Molnár impresses patrons with his granular knowledge of chemistry and top-level advice, honed over four decades of practice. Armed with a PhD in molecular biology, Pethő dives deep into the nitty-gritty of each case, to superb effect. The supplementary protection certificate guru also holds numerous speaker positions, both locally and worldwide. Data communication systems and software patents are safe in the hands of mechanical and electrical engineering department head Harangozó, who is tireless in his pursuit of a positive outcome.

Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó

Highly reputed and longstanding outfit Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó is home to a seasoned team of professionals who never compromise on quality. They work around the clock to ensure that each patent is meticulously drafted and enjoys maximum protection. Founder and esteemed member of the patent community István Gödölle captains the group with aplomb. A man for all seasons, he knows the levers that move the market and dispenses sage counsel accordingly. Shining bright on highly technical instructions, Daisy Machytka-Frank “is detail oriented and has an excellent track record in life science briefs. She and Marcell Kereszty are a pleasure to work with”. Kereszty is a premier choice for computer-related and engineering conundrums. The president of the Hungarian Chamber of Patent Attorneys “knows the language of inventors and his advice is crisp and clear as a result”.

Oppenheim

Oppenheim’s hands-on approach and impeccable time management make it a preferred destination for companies seeking staunch patent protection at a competitive price point. Its innovative solutions and cogent long-term strategies have seen its client base expand steadily over the years. Channelling these qualities is Áron László, who “advises promptly, clearly and in the most professional manner”. He puts together stunning arguments in court and excels in patent validation proceedings. Clients call upon Laszlo to validate European patents in Hungary – an area he has come to master over the years.  A rising star on the team is Andras Cserny, who recently put in some first-class work on a matter for Japanese Tobacco.

SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys

Since its inception in 1969, SBGK has operated at the forefront of the Hungarian IP landscape. The prestigious firm has a “well-coordinated and strong unit of specialists who know the ins and outs of patent law”. They can assist clients on everything from drafting applications to hot-blooded enforcement, as well as lucrative transactional assignments. Mechanical and chemical engineering specialists Katalin Mészárosné Dónusz and Zsolt Szentpéteri are the obvious choice for non-contentious mandates. They have over 60 years of experience between them and can draw on deep reserves of knowledge in times of need. “A trustworthy attorney with great common sense and an effective approach, Katalin Szamosi is someone you can rely on when dealing with complex infringement proceedings. To top it off, she is really friendly too.” Szamosi recently teamed up with Péter Lukácsi and Ádám György to defend Exeltis, part of multinational healthcare company Chemo Group, in precedent-setting infringement proceedings brought by Bayer. “A cutting-edge professional and a driving force in the development of the law”, György is also battling it out before the Supreme Court in another case set to answer some key questions raised by practitioners. Rounding off the all-star team is Gabriella Sasvári, who has the commercialisation of assets down to a T thanks to her refined business nous.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law

“Highly acclaimed market leaders”, is the unanimous verdict on Szecskay Attorneys at Law. Its standing has been built up over several decades and its lawyers are renowned as perceptive and formidable litigators. The pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering arenas are happy hunting grounds, although they also know how to turn down the heat when needed to reach a win-win settlement. Managing partner András Szecskay and IP division chief Gusztáv Bacher always hit the nail on the head with their creative solutions. “You can place your full trust and confidence in them – they are proactive, dependable and have a deep knowledge of the law.”

Other recommended experts

At Kacsuk Patent, physicist Sophia Kacsuk is a “dynamic all-rounder who excels at everything from prosecution to litigation support. She is absolutely brilliant to have on your side and will give you a run for your money as your opponent”. “One of the best for biotech matters, Zoltán Kovári understands his clients’ needs inside out and really gets on their level.” He practises at Kovári and Partners.

Individuals: litigation and transactions

  • Gusztáv Bacher - Szecskay Attorneys at Law
  • Eszter Szakács - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Katalin Szamosi - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys
  • András Szecskay - Szecskay Attorneys at Law
  • József Tálas - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Ádám György - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys
  • Bálint Halász - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Áron László - Oppenheim
  • Zsófia Lendvai - Baker McKenzie
  • Péter Lukácsi - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys
  • Gabriella Sasvári - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys

Individuals: prosecution

  • Katalin Mészárosné Dónusz - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys
  • István Gödölle - Gödölle, Kékes, Mészáros & Szabó
  • Gábor Harangozó - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Sophia Kacsuk - Kacsuk Patent
  • 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 Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Árpád Pethő - Danubia Patent and Law Office LLC
  • Zsolt Szentpéteri - SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys