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Seat Agreement ratified with unanimous decision

21 June, 2022

It is our honour to announce that the bill on the Seat Agreement between Hungary and the Visegrad Patent Institute was ratified by the Hungarian Parliament today with a unanimous decision.

We are grateful to Ms Eszter Vitályos, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation, who represented the bill in the Hungarian Parliament and to all the colleagues who contributed to this significant achievement.

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The bill on the Seat Agreement between Hungary and the Visegrad Patent Institute was ratified by the Hungarian Parliament with a unanimous decision.

An MoU was signed between the International Visegrad Fund and the Visegrad Patent Institute 

Petr Mareš, Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and Johanna Stadler, Director of the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the headquarters of the VPI on the 23rd February.

Through the MoU, the two institutions intend to intensify their joint efforts to raise awareness on patenting and in particular on the international patent system. IVF and VPI plan to organise expert exchanges and consultations, and to launch various new incentives and grants, especially for inventors and SMEs in the region.

The VPI is strongly committed to supporting closer cooperation between citizens and innovative enterprises, research institutes and universities of the Visegrad Countries to facilitate joint creation and exploitation of inventions. The MoU with the IVF is an invaluable tool to support these efforts.

The VPI is pleased to announce that the draft Seat Agreement between Hungary and the VPI has been signed by Mr Tibor Gulyás, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology on behalf of the Hungarian Government and by Ms Johanna Stadler, Director on behalf of the VPI. The Seat Agreement will enter into force upon approval by the Hungarian Parliament and will regulate important elements of everyday operation of the VPI in Hungary.  

On behalf of the Visegrad Patent Institute, we would like to express our gratitude for this outstanding gesture of support from our host country, Hungary.


The bank account number of the Visegrad Patent Institute changed as of 17th of January, 2022. All payments are to be made to the following bank account number in the future:

Account holder's name: Visegrad Patent Institute

Bank: Raiffeisen Bank Zrt., 1133 Budapest, Váci út 116-118.

IBAN: HU66-12012204-01799099-00200000


Please, update your records and make sure that your future payment details are correct.

Excuse of delays due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) adopts the interpretation of current situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic taken by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

In line with the recommendations made by the WIPO, the VPI considers the pandemic to be a „natural calamity” and therefore will treat requests under PCT Rule 82quater.1 to excuse delays in meeting time limits favourably. Applicants are not required to submit further evidence of disruption caused by the pandemic in their Rule 82quater.1 requests.

Budapest, April 23, 2020