How to renew a patent in Hungary?

In this article you will find information on:
  • When patent renewal fees are due
  • The renewal fee amount and currency
  • Details on other types of intellectual property valid in the jurisdiction
  • FAQ related to the renewal process

Region

Hungary is part of the EPO. In order for an EP patent to be enforced in Hungary, the patent must be granted by the EPO and then validated in  Hungary. During the application process renewal fees must be paid to the EPO. For more information, please visit our EPO renewal fee article.

Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Hungary, the renewal fee is paid to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO). The rules that apply to a national Hungarian patent also apply to an EP patent in Hungary, which will be described in detail below.

Due dates

Renewal fees in Hungary must be paid by certain dates. In this section you will find a description of how these renewal due dates are calculated, both the very first renewal due date and all subsequent renewal due dates.

The first annuity is paid 2 years from the date of filing to the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO). This annuity must be paid regardless of whether the patent has been granted or not.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2018-03-19, then the first annuity must be paid by 2020-03-19.

After the first annuity has been paid, all subsequent annuities must be paid annually on the anniversary of the filing date. The due date should be the month and date corresponding to the filing date.

For example, if the filing date was on November 9, then all subsequent annuities will be due on November 9 each year.

Other intellectual property types

In Hungary, there are other types of intellectual property besides patents. These include utility models and designs.

We are currently working on articles which will explain the rules for the renewal of these types of intellectual property. If you need any help renewing these and are looking for a cost-efficient solution, get in touch with us.

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Renewal fee factors:

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Patent renewal fee intervals in

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Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640
Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (HUF)
1
2 17 600
3 17 600
4 88 000
5 110 000
6 148 500
7 148 500
8 148 500
9 148 500
10 148 500
11 148 500
12 148 500
13 148 500
14 154 000
15 154 000
16 154 000
17 154 000
18 154 000
19 165 000
20 165 000

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Hungary Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

1.

What happens to a Hungarian patent before it has been granted?

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Renewal fees must be paid in Hungary regardless of whether the patent is granted or not. You can find the rules for calculating the renewal due dates above in the Due Dates section.

2.

When can I pay the renewal fee in Hungary?

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The renewal fee in Hungary can be paid up to 2 months before the renewal due date. It is important to note that the renewal fee cannot be paid earlier than this. Any payments made before the opening of the payment window will result in the payment being rejected.

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Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal due date?

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Yes, it is possible to renew a Hungarian patent after its renewal due date. If you fail to pay the renewal fee before the due date, a grace period of 6 months is given wherein the renewal fees can still be settled. When entering the grace period you will incur a surcharge fee to be settled along with the renewal fee. If you wish to maintain the patent, both the renewal fee and the surcharge fee will have to be settled.

For example, if a patent has a renewal due date of 2021-05-31 and the due date is missed, the patent will enter the grace period from 2021-06-01. After this point both the renewal fee and the surcharge fee will need to be settled by 2021-11-30. Failure to pay these fees before the surcharge due date will result in the patent lapsing.

4.

Do I need assistance from local representation to renew a patent in Hungary?

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No, local representation is not necessary in order to carry out a renewal in Hungary. Anyone can renew a patent in Hungary if they submit the payment in accordance with the national regulations.

5.

How long do patents last in Hungary?

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A patent will stay in force for 20 years in Hungary from the filing date if successfully renewed in accordance with the rules described above. If the patent is not renewed, it will lapse by the end of the grace period measured from the latest renewal due date.