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New article by Oppenheim authors on trade mark law

A recent article on "dormant trademarks" was published in the December edition of the Industrial Property and Copyright Review by our colleagues, Áron László and Barnabás Mező (in Hungarian).

The authors discuss that the trademark may be differently affected under Hungarian and EU laws if the trademark holder has not put the trademark to genuine use within a uninterrupted period of five years. However, since unused trademarks remain valid as long as they are not revoked, several trademarks remain on the register, which may be subject to revocation for non-use. The authors call these unused trademarks “dormant trademarks”.


The article demonstrates that the revival of a dormant trademark, which is held against a later identical or confusingly similar trademark, will have different effects under EU and Hungarian laws. The article is accessible at the following link (in Hungarian): http://www.hipo.gov.hu/sites/default/files/files/kiadv/szkv/szemle-2016-06/01-1612.pdf