Almost everybody knows the Rubik’s Cube. It is not only widely recognised as the best puzzle toy ever made, but it is also one of the best-sold toys worldwide. The Rubik’s Cube was patented in Hungary. However it had obtained almost no patent protection abroad.
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Rubik’s Cube, which is also known as Magic Cube, was invented by Hungarian professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. He received a Hungarian patent on his invention in 1977. Later, in 1981, so-called patent of importation (brevet d’importation) for Rubik’s Cube was obtained in Belgium. However, for various reasons, Rubik failed to secure patent protection in further countries