hungarian patent

Obtain protection in the heart of Europe.


patent process in hungary

As usually, patents in Hungary enjoy protection for 20 years, and for obtaining a patent you need to file your application to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office with a request for grant.

You may download the flowchart in PDF by clicking on the image.

You may download the flowchart in PDF by clicking on the image.


The application has to be filed in Hungarian. However, there is an additional 4-month long time period to file the translation after filing date. The filing and search fee has to be paid in 2 months within filing. Regarding maintenance fees, Hungarian patent law is different, as annuity fee is due from the first year, even if the patent has not been granted yet. Applicants have to pay maintenance fee of 1st and 2nd year together, after publication.

To calculate the expected official fees of a European patent application, please use our patent cost calculator.

The followings are requested for filing a patent application:

  • description, claims, abstract, drawings,

  • certified priority copy, if applicable,

  • English translation of the priority copy,

  • signed Power of Attorney, without legalization.


why patent in hungary?

Hungary is in the heart of Europe. Having joined the European Union on the May 1, 2004, as the second biggest country of the enlargement, it has become the 9th biggest among member states. Here meets the West with the East, the North with the South. The country is not only geographically a meeting point, but also a centre of science and culture.

There is a good chance that one or two Hungarian invention lies in the pocket of every one of us.

  • A banknote,

  • a ballpoint pen,

  • a box of matches,

  • or maybe some C-vitamins?

The hologram strip of the banknote based on the invention of the Nobel prize winner D. Gabor, the inventor of the ballpoint pen is I. Biro, the safety matches were invented by J. Irinyi and A. Szent-Györgyi manufactured for the first time C-vitamins. To mention only a few among the most well known Hungarian names. Hungary contributed to the 20th century world history with a great generation of scientists. Many revolutionary ideas have burst out of Hungarian heads. The telephonograph is owing to T. Puskas, the helicopter to O. Asboth. J. Galamb as a chief designer constructed the legendary model-T of Ford Motor Company, while J. Neumann had significant innovations in connection with computers. Hungarian inventors are still active participants of the world of science also motoring the development of the country.

According to a recently published OECD research Hungary bears more than a quarter of the gross production comes from the so-called knowledge-based sectors of the economy (e.g.: pharmaceutical industry, chemical industry, engineering). With this Hungary is ranked on the noble seventh position on the list of the world’s most developed states (Financial Times 29/10/2001).

Erno RUBIK: Rubik's cube (1974)

Erno RUBIK: Rubik's cube (1974)

Laszlo BIRO: Ballpoint pen (1931)

Laszlo BIRO: Ballpoint pen (1931)

Albert SZENT-GYORGYI: Vitamin C (1930s)

Albert SZENT-GYORGYI: Vitamin C (1930s)

Janos IRINYI: Safety match (1836)

Janos IRINYI: Safety match (1836)


utility models in hungary

In Hungary, the law gives opportunity to file the utility models as well. Utility model protection provides a legal protection for the new technical solutions not reaching the level of a patentable invention (for example do not involve an inventive step). In Hungary utility models enjoy protection for 10 years.

The main benefit of filing a utility model is that most countries having utility model do not conduct substantive examination and merely grant the utility model after checking that utility model applications comply with formalities.