Filing the Application at the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
International patent application can also be filed electronically, using the ePCT service of WIPO’ website by selecting “HU-Hungarian Intellectual Property Office” as Receiving Office.
The Guidelines for using ePCT can be downloaded.
The international application must contain three copies of the following elements: request, description, claim(s), one or more drawings (where drawings are necessary for the understanding of the invention), and abstract.
Where the international application is filed with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office, the applicant may choose between the European Patent Office and the Visegrad Patent Institut to carry out international searches and accordingly the international application must be filed in English, French, German or English, Hungarian language. The international application may be filed in Hungarian too with the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office as receiving Office, but in this case if the choosen Searching Authority is the European Patent Office a translation in the corresponding language of the international application must be furnished within thirty days after the filing. If the choosen Searching Authority is the Visegrad Patent Institut the translation must be furnished within 14 months from the priority date, on any language of publication which the receiving Office accepts.
In connection with the international application a transmittal fee fixed by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and an international filing fee and a search fee fixed by the Treaty are to be paid.
During the international phase, following the transmittal of the international application to the International Bureau and the International Searching Authority, the applicant can communicate either with the Receiving Office or directly with the International Bureau.
By entering in the national phase the applicant shall communicate with the national (or regional) Offices only.