Hungary Amends Official Fee Structure and Amounts for Trademark-Related Services

Feb 5 2019 - 13:16

On January 1, 2019, a new fee structure for trademark-related services entered into force in Hungary as part of a broader set of amendments introduced by Act LXVII, primarily intended to transpose the Directive (EU) 2015/2436 into national legislation.

Official fees have been lowered for services related to trademarks registered in one class only, but have increased for trademarks registered in two or more classes.

Filing and Renewal of Trademarks

Filing and Renewal of Collective and Certification Marks

The amounts for filing fees and renewal fees are the same, but while the restructured filing fees are effective as of January 1, 2019, the restructured renewal fees are to be applied to trademarks with expiration dates after June 30, 2019; for trademarks expiring before that date, previous fees will be applied.

While there was previously a grace period of six months from the trademark expiration date, during which no fees were charged for late renewal, the grace period has now been abolished and the late renewal of trademarks expiring after June 30, 2019 will be subject to an official fee of EUR 101 (USD 115).

Additionally, while trademark renewal requests could previously be filed 12 months before the trademark’s expiration, the earliest they can now be filed is six months before they expire.

Conversion of a EUTMs and IRs into Hungarian Trademarks

Finally, official fees have also changed for the conversion of European and international trademarks and trademark applications into Hungarian applications, in the following way:

European or International Trademark Application into a Hungarian Trademark Application

Conversion of a European or International Trademark into a Hungarian Trademark Application

By: Erika Farkas and Balázs Csányi

For more information, please contact hungary@petosevic.com.

Source: Hungarian national legal database, Hungarian IPO website

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