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Oppenheim’s ‘accurate and reliable’ team acts for a mix of blue-chip clients and start-ups. In addition to its trade mark, design and patents practice, it has notable expertise in data protection. Practice head Ivan Bartal recently advised a publisher on copyright, e-commerce and date protection issues. The ‘very professional’ Áron László is noted for his ‘excellent communication skills and quick turnaround’.

Long-established IP firm SBGK has a solid practice representing clients across the life sciences, TMT and chemicals sectors, and has attracted numerous new clients. Katalin Szamosi and Enikő Karsay have been defending a company in the music industry in copyright litigation. Zsolt Szentpéteri heads the patent practice.

Market-leading firmSzecskay Attorneys at Law covers the full scope of IP matters – both contentious and non-contentious – for a sizeable client base of domestic and international companies. It is particularly active in the pharmaceuticals sector, where it has ‘broad experience’ and provides ‘detailed answers’. Managing partner András Szecskay is recommended along with ‘very quick and precise’ practice head Gusztáv Bacher, as well as Gábor Faludi, who is ‘a highly recognised expert in the field of industrial property and copyright law’.

The ‘very responsive and diligent’ team at CMS provides a full service across contentious and non-contentious IP for companies in highly regulated sectors, such as life sciences and TMT. Practice head Dóra Petrányi is representing a European client in a cross-border copyright dispute. Of counsel Tamás Tercsák is recommended.

Highly esteemed IP boutique Danubia has a longstanding presence in the market, and maintains a thriving patent and trade mark practice. Árpád Pethő and Mihály Lantos are registered Hungarian and European patent attorneys.

The ‘very professional and responsive’ team at Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Tarsa Baker & McKenzie is a popular choice among large multinational companies for IP registration and portfolio management, as well as a range of contentious matters. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and senior associate Zsófia Lendvai are recommended.

IP is an area of expertise for Knight Bird & Bird Iroda. Recommended senior associate Bálint Halász, who heads the team in Budapest, has been advising a local company on various brand management issues.

The team at Lakatos, Köves and Partners is headed by Péter Lakatos and handles the IP aspects of transactions as well as standalone mandates. It recently represented a company in the healthcare sector as claimant in a dispute concerning the use of a domain, trade mark and trade name. Iván Sólyom is recommended.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm advises on the IP aspects of corporate and commercial transactions, and also has a busy contentious practice. Gábor Damjanovic and Viktor Vasi are the key figures.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper’s client base is dominated by leading companies in the pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment sectors, which the team represents in trade mark, patent, copyright and franchising matters. Mónika Horváth heads the team, which includes counsel Zoltán Kozma.

István Réczicza and his team at Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP handles classic IP work as well as broadcasting rights, data protection and privacy as ancillary areas of expertise.

IP is a cornerstone for ‘excellent’ firm Sár & Partners, which represents domestic and multinational companies in trade mark, patent and copyright litigation. High praise is given to Eszter Szakács, the ‘result-oriented’ and ‘matter-of-fact’ Katalin Horváth and József Tálas, who is ‘a very experienced patent lawyer’.

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    This article tries to shed light on an important area of trade mark law in connection with a decision recently handed down by the European Court of First Instance (the "CFI"), more specifically with respect to the complex question of similarity between marks and confusion of the public. This question is naturally an issue of fact and evidence and is - to a large extent - imbued with subjectivity. Therefore, new cases brought before the courts always have to be assessed afresh, taking all the surrounding circumstances into consideration, and the outcome can at times be surprising, even for experienced trade mark lawyers.
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