The name of the Hungarian Patent Office has changed to Hungarian Intellectual Property Office as of 1 January 2011
By virtue of Act CXLVIII of 2010, the name of the Hungarian Patent Office has changed to Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) as of 1 January 2011, in conformity with the Office's wide range of activities, including all titles of industrial property and copyright.
The provisions concerning the competence of the Office have also changed reflecting its extended range of tasks as a result of the amendments. The tasks to be performed by the HIPO cover the registration and supervision of collective rights management organisations. Besides, they cover the contribution to the establishment of a uniform nation brand and the enhancement of the reputation of the typical Hungarian products. The tasks related to the operation of the National Board Against Counterfeiting have now been explicitly regulated by law.
The Act has renewed the opinion-giving body of the president of the HIPO, currently operating under the name of Hungarian Council for the Protection of Intellectual Property, under the new name of National Intellectual Property Council.