Hungary (HU)

Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated


The Office does not republish the international registration.

Examination Procedure

The Office carries out ex-officio examination on substantive grounds, including novelty. It is, however, to be noted that the ex-officio examination does not extend to prior designs whose applications were filed before, but published after, the date of the international registration or, if any, its priority date in which case the holder of such a prior design may institute an invalidation procedure after the international registration has been granted protection.

Opposition Period


Time Limit for Responding to Refusal

Two months from the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin (extendable for up to a maximum of four months).

Effect as Grant of Protection

The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection, if no refusal has been issued, as from the international registration date. If a refusal (partial or total) has been issued and the refusal has been subsequently withdrawn, the international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from the international registration date.

Creator requirements

The creator of the industrial design must be a natural person.

Priority documents

Not applicable.

Representation before the Office

Holders of international registrations may file documents or appear directly before the Office. Foreign applicants shall be represented by an authorized patent attorney, or an attorney-at-law, except where a foreign applicant 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 region. The language of the procedure is Hungarian. A list of patent attorneys is maintained by the Hungarian Chamber of Patent Attorneys and can be obtained from the Chamber or at:

Fees payable on division of the international registration

Not applicable.

Last updated on: January 31, 2017