Sar and Partners and the Danubia Patent and Law Office have successfully represented Hungarian inventor Laszlo Oroszi in his claim of patent infringement and unjust enrichment against Adidas.
On November 8, 2016, Hungary's Metropolitan Court of Appeal partially reversed the decision of the Metropolitan Tribunal and ordered Adidas Budapest Ltd. to return four times the amount of enrichment which Adidas obtained as a result of its actions plus interest obtained since March 23, 2002 to Oroszi.
According to Sar and Partners, Oroszi developed Predator Precision and Predator Mania boots, unique due to the ribbed top of the football boot, between 1995 and 1996. In 1996 Oroszi patented the boot design in Hungary and Europe, but his representative made an error during the process, resulting in the international patent protection of the invention not being recorded.
In 2002 Oroszi brought an action against Adidas Budapest Ltd. claiming that the company had infringed his patent. The final decision of the Metropolitan Court of Appeal has put an end to the proceeding, which has lasted for more than 14 years and has attracted a great deal of attention in the press.
Oroszi was represented by Mihany Lantos from Danubia Patent and Law Office and Ildiko Komor Hennel from Sar and Partners Attorneys at Law.