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    • √Āgnes S√≥lyom - CMS

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Danubia - Sár & Partners  stands out for its experience in IP litigation and is regularly involved in patent, trade mark, copyright and unfair competition disputes for clients across the pharmaceutical, food, fashion, and IT sectors. Managing partner Ildikó Komor Hennel, Judit Lantos, who is particularly experienced in trade mark matters, József Tálas, Csaba Sár and Eszter Szakács lead the team.

Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda¬†recently advised Wizz Air on a trade mark application across nine jurisdictions. The team regularly handles data protection work and has assisted numerous clients with GDPR compliance projects. IP litigation is also a key strength of the team, as is portfolio management. Team head Ivan Bartal¬†and √Āron L√°szl√≥¬†are recommended.

SBGK¬†is adept at handling high-profile trade mark disputes and is representing Rubik's Brand in a trade mark validity case. It is also experienced across a range of patent, design and copyright protection cases and applications. Managing partners Katalin Szamosi¬†and Zsolt Szentp√©teri, who handles prosecution and validation, litigation and technology transfers, lead the team with deputy managing partner Katalin M√©sz√°rosn√© D√≥nusz, Gabriella Sasv√°ri, who focuses on trade mark prosecutions, and √Ād√°m Szentp√©teri.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law regularly handles trade mark registrations and portfolios and is advising Nanushka on its worldwide trade mark application strategy. The team is also regularly instructed by a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients on IP matters. Department head Gusztáv Bacher specialises in patent and trade mark litigation, unfair competition law and contract law. Managing partner András Szecskay, of counsel Gábor Faludi, who is experienced in advising artists, writers and publishers, and associates Gábor Faludi Jr and Dávid Kerpel are the key names.

CMS's team is 'able to handle any transaction, litigation or prosecution strategy on a cross-border basis'. The pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology, media and entertainment sectors are key areas of focus for the team; it is advising Magyar Telekom on the IP aspects of a new business launch. Department head D√≥ra Petr√°nyi¬†is 'a very strong strategic thinker'. Senior associate √Āgnes S√≥lyom is 'very pragmatic in her advice and¬†is¬†highly¬†creative'.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Partner Baker & McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law’s expertise spans trade mark prosecution, enforcement, applications and renewals, international registrations, domain name registrations and copyright matters. It also handles contentious trade mark cases and commercial IP instructions. The group undertakes trade mark portfolio management for Prudential. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and associate Zsófia Lendvai lead the department.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners handles a range of IP-related litigation and also regularly advises on the IP aspects of M&A transactions; the team recently advised Samsung on the Hungarian IP aspects of its investment in AdasWorks. Brand protection is a key area of focus. Iván Sólyom and Péter Lakatos lead the team.

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with expertise across patents, trade marks, copyright and anti-counterfeiting mandates. It represented Kvint-R in a trade mark cancellation action. Recently promoted partner Bálint Halász, who heads the team, and senior associates Zoltán Tarján and Bettina Kövecses are noted.

Dentons advises on the enforcement and exploitation of copyright, trade marks and designs, and regularly handles data protection and privacy mandates. The team is advising the Hungarian subsidiary of Epam Systems on GDPR compliance. Managing partner István Réczicza, who is experienced in IP and competition regulation, and counsel Tímea Bana are noted.

DLA Piper Hungary delivers 'a top-quality’ service and the team is experienced in advising on the IP aspects of transactions. Mónika Horváth acts for a number of clients in the film production industry and advised Colette Film Holdings on the IP aspects relating to the production of a motion picture. Associate Gábor Bertók is also recommended.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is regularly involved in cross-border IP issues; it handles a range of commercial matters as well as disputes. The group assists Nangenex with patent and data protection issues. Viktor Vasi heads the department.

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  • EC TRADE MARK LAW IN THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY AS EXEMPLIFIED BY THE CASE BAYERN INNOVATIV V OHIM

    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.
    - Szecskay Attorneys at Law

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