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    • Ágnes Sólyom - CMS

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In addition to assisting high-profile clients with a broad range of patent, trade mark and design matters, Oppenheim’s ‘excellent’ team is also advising on data protection and the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation. Highlights included representing Adidas in a patent infringement dispute with a Hungarian inventor. Áron László and practice head Ivan Bartal are ‘practical and easy to work with’.

At SBGK, highly regarded trade mark specialist Katalin Szamosi advises well-known international companies on trade mark and brand portfolio management matters, and Zsolt Szentpéteri specialises in patent filing and prosecution as well as handling enforcement issues and litigation.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law amply demonstrated its reputation in the pharmaceutical space in defending Richter Gedeon in two separate patent infringement claims against Pfizer and Bayer. Other highlights include acting for Zwack in trade mark prosecution, opposition and infringement matters and assisting Budapest Festival Orchestra with copyright issues. Gusztáv Bacher, András Szecskay and Gábor Faludi are highly regarded.

Leveraging its impressive global footprint, CMS regularly advises multinational and domestic clients on copyright, trade mark, and domain name matters. Dóra Petrányi heads the team which includes senior associate Ágnes Sólyom, who is regarded as ‘a very knowledgeable lawyer with good commercial instincts’, and of counsel Tamás Tercsák.

Danubia - Sár & Partners handles IP litigation involving patent, trade mark and copyright infringements, and also acts in patent revocation, trade mark cancellation and opposition proceedings. Eszter Szakács is ‘a very experienced patent litigator with good knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry’. Katalin Horváth, and József Tálas, Árpád Pethő and Mihály Lantos are also highly noted.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie acts for multinational and domestic clients on IP registration and portfolio management, as well as handling contentious matters. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Zsófia Lendvai are the names to note.

Knight Bird & Bird Iroda acts for clients ranging from well-known corporates to key players in the electronics, pharmaceutical and IT industries. Practice head Bálint Halász recently represented a fintech client in patent enforcement proceedings and is advising a number of clients on data protection.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners advises on a broad range of brand protection issues and the IP aspects of M&A transactions. Recent highlights include successfully representing Cervélo Cycles in a domain name and trade mark dispute with a Hungarian company. Other clients include Samsung, Philip Morris International and Lindab. Iván Sólyom is the key name.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm advises on the IP aspects of transactions, as well as handling contentious matters for clients in the TMT, pharmaceutical and gaming sectors. Viktor Vasi is recommended.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper is particularly active in the media, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors. Mónika Horváth is the main contact. Zoltán Kozma moved in-house with Microsoft in 2017.

István Réczicza’s team at Dentons was bolstered by the arrival of counsel Tímea Bana from Siegler Law Office / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Recent instructions include advising on the IP aspects of major transactions, as well as assisting with data protection issues.

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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.
    - Szecskay Attorneys at Law

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