It takes an average of two and a half years to have a patent registered in Hungary, but shorter time can be sufficient in the case of technologies that become outdated fast, the National Intellectual Property Office (SZTNH) said in a statement on Wednesday.
The office was commenting on a document prepared by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) operating in Hungary (AmCham), which indicated a period of 6-8 years.
The office noted that there was a backlog of about 19,000 ongoing patent procedures at the time of Hungary's joining the European Patent Convention in 2003, of which now less than 20% remains.
Since then, the office has received an annual 700-900 patent applications through the national channel. Of these, the licensing procedure is still ongoing in about 2,000 cases.