Munich Convention on the Grant of European Patents of October 5, 1973 (hereinafter referred to as the "Convention"). A European patent application shall be filed with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) if the applicant is Hungarian citizen or if his residence or seat is in Hungary, unless, in the European patent application, the priority of a patent application which was not classified by the President of the Hungarian.

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European patent application

A European patent is a patent granted on the basis of the Munich Convention on the Grant of European Patents of October 5, 1973 (hereinafter referred to as the "Convention"). A European patent application shall be filed with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) if the applicant is Hungarian citizen or if his residence or seat is in Hungary, unless, in the European patent application, the priority of a patent application which was not classified by the President of the Hungarian.

Kulcsszavak: European patent application, national patent

Any natural and legal person and their representative.

The formal requirements of a European patent application filed with the HIPO are governed by the provisions of the Convention. HIPO checks the submitted documents according to the data of the application. Acknowledgment of receipt of the application, indicating the European application number and the date of receipt, shall be sent to the applicant and the application shall be forwarded to the European Patent Office.

The possibility of electronic administration is available through the electronic administration system of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) (available only in Hungarian)

Electronic submissions may be filed with the HIPO only by using the free-of-charge form provided for this purpose. The form can be accessed by clicking the Electronically button.

In proceedings before the HIPO, electronic communication is possible only in a manner linked to identification, except for requests for information and their execution, as well as international patent cases.

Identification can be done in the following ways:

User identification system created by the HIPO, based on a one-time re-identification with the Central Authentication Agent.

Electronic signature with enhanced security is a minimum requirement.

When turning to the HIPO after identification through a partner card or the Central Authentication Agent, the HIPO will send its decisions, notifications and other calls made during the procedure to the client’s official electronic storage space.

It is important to emphasize that in case of identification with an electronic signature, the HIPO cannot communicate with its clients electronically and can deliver its decisions only on paper.

The filing procedure is as follows:

1. Download the form to your device. Filling out the form in a web browser is not recommended.

2. Login to the electronic administration system of the HIPO by using the Central Authorization Agent, partner card or electronic signature. If you have an electronic signature, please choose identification using an electronic signature with enhanced security.

3. Upload the filled form into the system. Based on the attachments marked in the form, a table will appear in which the attachments must be uploaded one by one. If you have already compiled these into a directory, you will easily find the right documents.

The size of files that can be attached to forms cannot exceed 150 MB each. The total size of the submission and all attachments may not exceed 300MB.

4. Indicate that you really intended to compile this submission, or look at the HTML submission summary.

The system compiles your submission, encrypts it and sends it to HIPO. HIPO sends an automatic notification about the arrival of the submission.

Further information about filing a European patent application can be found on he following link:

https://www.sztnh.gov.hu/en/patent/european-procedure/filing-the-application

There is no administration deadline defined in the applicable laws. The administrative deadlines laid down in the Act on General Public Administration Procedure do not apply nor do apply the provisions of the Act on General Public Administration Procedure which set a deadline for other measures of the acting authority.

The formal requirements of a European patent application filed with the HIPO are governed by the provisions of the Convention.

When filing the application an application fee and a searching fee determined by law have to be paid.

In the case of a European patent application the fee for the publication of the claims is HUF 23 500, which is increased by HUF 3 500 for each page in excess of six pages of the Hungarian translation of the claims.

In the case of a European patent the fee for the publication of the translation is HUF 23 500, which is increased by HUF 3 500 for each page in excess of six pages of the text of the European patent.

In the case of a European patent application or a European patent the fee for the publication of any correction is HUF 23 500, which is increased by HUF 3 500 for each page in excess of six pages of the corrected claims or the corrected translation of the text of the European patent.

In the case of a European patent granted for an application disclosing nucleotide or amino acid sequences, the fee for the publication of the translation or the fee for the publication of any correction payable for the sequence listing or table constituting part of the text or part of the corrected text of the European patent is HUF 117 700 irrespective of the number of pages of the translation, provided that this fee is more favorable to the applicant or the patent holder and that the sequence list or table forming part of the description appears in a computer-readable form only on an electronic data carrier.

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

The procedure for reviewing the decisions of the HIPO falls within the competence and exclusive jurisdiction of the Budapest-Capital Regional Court. Review of a decision may be requested by any party to the procedures before the HIPO, any person excluded from, or limited in, the inspection of files or any person whose legal status as a party to the procedure has been denied. Other participants in the proceedings before the HIPO may, in their own right, file an independent request for review against the relevant provision of the decision or the decision concerning them. The deadline for submitting a request for reviewing the decision is 30 days from the date of notification of the decision to the party or other party to the proceedings. The request shall be filed with the HIPO, but it shall be addressed to the Budapest-Capital Regional Court. A fee of HUF 10,500 must be paid when filing the request, in the case of electronic submission by bank transfer.

In the absence of a provision of an international treaty to the contrary, foreign applicants shall be represented by an authorised patent attorney or an attorney-at-law in all patent matters.

This provision shall not apply if the foreigner is a natural person or a legal entity whose permanent residence or domicile is in the territory of a Member State of the European Economic Area.

Please also be advised that the language of proceedings before the HIPO is Hungarian.

Further information is available at https://www.sztnh.gov.hu/en/client-service

Act XXXIII of 1995 on the protection of inventions by patents

European Patent Convention 2000 (EPC 2000)

Act XXIII of 2009 on the accession to the Agreement, dated 17 October 2000 in London, on the application of Article 65 of the Convention on the Grant of European Patent

Decree No. 20/2002. (XII. 12.) IM on the detailed formalities for patent applications, documents filed in relation to European patent applications, European patents and international patent applications and for applications for plant variety protection 

Decree No. 19/2005. (IV. 12.) GKM on the fees for administrative services in industrial property procedures before the Hungarian Patent Office

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