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In today’s knowledge economy, your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your IP. With specialist IP lawyers throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), we have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies, often across the region or in several jurisdictions.

Leading multinationals look to CMS for an integrated, cross-border service to meet their global needs and/or deal with global trademark portfolios, as well as specialist advice and representation in individual countries. Working with CMS gives you invaluable access to knowledge of the CEE markets and regulators, both locally and regionally. We work together with you to find the best solutions for your business.

The team provides strong partner-level expertise, fast cross-border reactions covering several countries, and a customer-centric viewpoint.
Chambers Europe, 2016

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role.

We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as life sciences & healthcare, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, and technology, media and communications. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, CMS' dedicated contentious IP experts can guide you through the litigation process.

10/07/2019
High­lights of ex­per­i­ence in In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty in Hun­gary
Mi­crosoft Cor­por­a­tion: leg­al ad­vice as a cent­ral hub in con­nec­tion with copy­right roy­al­ties pay­able with­in Europe after blank devices and re­struc­tur­ing ad­vice for ef­fi­cient copy­right-levy man­age­ment.RTL...

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10/01/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
01/12/2021
A piece of pat­ent his­tory has been made con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19.  A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has now...
10/11/2021
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
05/11/2021
CJEU provides guid­ance on scope of pro­tec­tion provided by un­re­gistered...
Key Takeaways The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) handed down its judg­ment last week in a case con­cern­ing un­re­gistered Com­munity designs, Fer­rari and cus­tom­isa­tion kits. In sum­mary, the CJEU ruled that:...
03/11/2021
Hey, Copy­right Dir­ect­ive
A video series to ex­plain copy­right rules re­vamped
28/10/2021
Arm­chair in­ven­tions: plaus­ib­il­ity at the EPO
Will it get harder to use post-filed data at the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO)? The is­sue of plaus­ib­il­ity has now been form­ally re­ferred to the highest ju­di­cial au­thor­ity at the EPO to cla­ri­fy the cir­cum­stances...
28/10/2021
Back to Square one? Gen­er­al Court de­cision provides guid­ance on dis­tinct­ive­ness...
In a de­cision dated 20 Oc­to­ber 2021, the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on (“GC”) has re­af­firmed the re­quire­ments for the re­gis­tra­tion of a com­pos­ite trade mark, i.e. one com­posed of both word and...
12/10/2021
De­com­pil­a­tion, de­fences and copy­right: CJEU Top Sys­tem De­cision
In a de­cision dated 6 Oc­to­ber 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) has cla­ri­fied that a law­ful user of a com­puter pro­gram may de­com­pile that pro­gram in or­der to cor­rect er­rors that...
14/09/2021
Le­gis­lat­ive frame­works to com­bat il­li­cit trade in med­ic­al products in Hun­gary
1. What le­gis­lat­ive frame­work is there to com­bat il­li­cit trad­ing and oth­er il­leg­al activ­it­ies in coun­ter­feited/fals­i­fied/di­ver­ted medi­cines in your jur­is­dic­tion? lower-ro­man­Hun­gary has crim­in­al­ised these...
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04/08/2021
3D shape of a lip­stick ac­cep­ted as an EU trade mark by the Gen­er­al Court
It is no­tori­ously dif­fi­cult to re­gister shapes as trade marks, be­cause con­sumers are not ac­cus­tomed to identi­fy­ing the ori­gin of spe­cif­ic products based on their ap­pear­ance alone without any oth­er graph­ic...
25/06/2021
Double pat­ent­ing: leg­al fact or fic­tion? (G4/19)
The En­larged Board of Ap­peal (EBA) has this week re­leased its de­cision re­gard­ing the is­sue of double pat­ent­ing. The concept of double pat­ent­ing will be fa­mil­i­ar to those work­ing in the pat­ent field. It...
14/06/2021
EPO ap­proach to ex­amin­ing com­puter im­ple­men­ted in­ven­tions
On Tues­day 25 May 2021, Heli Pih­la­jamaa, dir­ect­or of pat­ent law at the European Pat­ent Of­fice, gave a present­a­tion to CIPA’s com­puter tech­no­logy com­mit­tee on the Pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter-im­ple­men­ted...