VPI Secretariat and Director

Postal address:
Visegrad Patent Institute
II. János Pál pápa tér 7.
H-1081 Budapest
Hungary

Director:
Márk Nándor Gárdonyi 
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Secretariat:
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Telefon (Secretariat): +36 1 6135130
Fax: +36 1 7990188

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00-14:00

Bank account:
Account holder's name: Visegrad Patent Institute
Bank: UniCredit Bank Hungary Zrt.
IBAN: HU19 1091 8001 0000 0087 8975 0008
SWIFT Code: BACXHUHB

GPS location: 47°29'43.5"N 19°04'36.2"E

Documents and forms

Official documents

Agreement on the Visegrad Patent Institute (pdf, 523 kB)

 

 

Search Fee Refund

Where the VPI benefits from the results of an earlier search carried out by any of the national Offices of the PCT Contracting States or from an earlier international search report or international type search report, 40% of the amount of the search fee paid shall be refunded.

Applicants are kindly requested

  • to indicate on the filing request (form PCT/RO/101) that such earlier search exits, and
  • to furnish the earlier search report if it is not readily available to the VPI or to the Receiving Office.

Eligibility to the 40% refund is decided by the VPI at completion of the search. Positive decision is communicated to the applicants when the Search Report is issued via issuing form PCT/ISA/213. Parallel to the PCT/ISA/213, a Search Fee Refund Form (pdf, 136 kB) is also transmitted to the applicants. Applicants are kindly requested to inform VPI of their preferred method of refund (bank transfer or postal delivery) by sending the completed Search Fee Refund Form to the address of the Secretariat of the VPI:

Visegrad Patent Institute

II. János Pál papa tér 7.
H-1081 Budapest
Hungary

Products and services

The Visegrad Patent Institute in its capacity as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) carries out international search and international preliminary examination in accordance with the PCT, its Regulations and Administrative Instructions and the provisions of the agreement with WIPO.

In addition, the Visegrad Patent Institute carries out  Supplementary International Searches (SIS).

 

VPI

The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), which started operation on July 1st 2016, is an intergovernmental organization for cooperation in the field of patents established by the four Visegrad countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic (V4 countries). 

The VPI was appointed as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in order to attain a wide range of important objectives at various (global, European, regional and national) levels.

The VPI fills a territorial gap within the global system of the PCT, acting as an International Authority for Central and Eastern Europe. It is noteworthy that in WIPO, the Group of Central European and Baltic States was the only regional group without a functioning International Authority under the PCT. The VPI also makes up for the missing link in the network of European PCT authorities. Therefore, the VPI is intended to support the development and usefulness of the PCT system by adding further competent resources to those already available, especially in respect of a region currently without its own International Authority in place. 

The structure of the VPI follows the existing successful model of the Nordic Patent Institute. Thus, the governance of the VPI as an intergovernmental organization is ensured by its Administrative Board composed of the representatives of the Contracting States, while the VPI’s Secretariat, headed by the Director, is responsible for the organization, day-to-day management and administrative support of the VPI’s work.

PCT

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions, helps patent offices with their patent granting decisions, and facilitates public access to a wealth of technical information relating to those inventions.

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