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Intellectual property in Hungary

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Szellemi Tulajdon Nemzeti Hivatala (Hungarian Intellectual Property Office).
Regional Organisations
For the protection of patents: the European Patent Office (EPO). To control trademarks, designs and models: the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
1995. XXXIII. Chapter XIV/C. Paragraphs 115/D-115/L year 2006. Law LVII.
Patents are protected for 20 years from the date the application is filed but must be annually maintained by a patent fee. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
1997. Law XI.
Trademark protection is granted for ten years and
may be incrementally extended by additional ten-year periods.
Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Government decree 266/2001. (XII. 21.) .
Valid for 25 years and renewable once.  
1995. Law XXXIII.
Government decree 156/1999. (XI. 3.)
70 years after creator's death for patrimonial rights
50 years for the first publication and registration rights
Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Act No. XLVIII of 2001 on the Legal Protection of Designs
Industrial designs are protected for five years from the date of application and may be extended to a maximum of 25 years.  

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