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San Pedro Sula, Honduras (HN)

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Honduras (HN)

Apr 30, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 6/20)
Online Filing System Introduced
On April 27, 2020, the Honduran Trademark & Patent Office has implemented an online system for trademark applications and renewals, which is working irrespective of the quarantine ordered.

Online applications can now be filed in the jurisdictions Honduras, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Paraguay.

Online applications directives for patent filings are expected to follow shortly.

Source: Bufete Mejia & Asociados, Honduras

The legal basis is the Industrial Property Law (Decree No. 12-99-E dated 30 December 1999, in force since 28 February 2000).
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired to some extent by sufficient public recognition. Notwithstanding the recognition that sufficient and ample use may provide, the main basis for enforcing and defending rights is registration.
Nice classification, 12th edition
The trademarks shall consist, among others, in fantasy denominations, names, pseudonyms, commercial slogans, shapes, portraits, letters, figures, monograms, labels, coats of arms, cotton prints, vignettes, fringes, lines, stripes, combinations and arrangements of colours. They shall also consist in the form, presentation or conditioning of the products or their packing or wrapping, or from the means or places of expenditure of the corresponding products or services.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks, trade names, emblems, slogans and signs, geographical indications, appellations of origin, and certification marks.
The application is initially filed digitally through the WIPO FILE government platform (Presentación En Linea de Solicitud de Marcas, and later filed physically with the application number granted by the Industrial Property Registration Office.
A separate application has to be filed for each class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney authenticated by a consulate of Honduras or by Apostille is necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks.
Prior to registration, the trademark application is published in the Official Newspaper “La Gaceta” three times with 10-day intervals between the separate publications.
Any interested party may file an opposition against the registration of a trademark within the period of publications and up to 30 business days counted from the day of the last publication. (Article 89 of the Industrial Property Law)

A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of registration.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
Practical details on trademark use requirements are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is HNL 50. The publication standard fee is HNL 2,760 (this cost depends on the number of products/Services, discounts may also be available). The official registration fee is HNL 700. The Registration Certificate stamp tax is HNL 5.

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Practical details on trademark licensing are available in our publication here
Online you can see a limited part of information about this country.
More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Trademark Use Requirements
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
     Trademark Licensing

If you like to purchase all available information for this country, click the order button.
The total price is 49.00 EUR. A PDF-Download will be sent to you electronically.

SMD Group thanks the following law firms for their assictance in updating the information provided.

Jul 11, 2023
Dentons Muñoz, San Jose, Costa Rica

Bufete Mejia & Asociados

Ricardo Anibal Mejía M.

Ricardo Anibal Mejía M.
1y2 Calle, S.O. 20 Ave
1000 San Pedro Sula
Honduras (HN)
Tel +504 2550 7744
Fax +504 2550 0795

From its foundation, the firm has sought to distinguish itself by the excellence of the services provided. It has since then, steadily grown to become one of the most respected Law firms of the country in the area of Intellectual Property Law, with clients ranging from individuals to some of the largest multinationals.

Serving clients who sometimes are thousand of miles away from us is very demanding and prompt responses and fluent communications are very important. We understand that if a client in London, Paris, New York, Mexico or any other capital or city of the world sends us a request or inquiry, is because the matter is important and requires the immediate acknowledgement and attention.

Given the unquestionable international nature of Intellectual Property, our partners and associates attend to most of the International meetings, congresses and seminars organized by the leading organizations and associations oriented to this area of Law. We believe that personal contact is essential to build up long lasting relationships and provide an excellent opportunity to meet personally with clients, associates and correspondents.

Dirección General de Propiedad Intelectual
Centro Cívico Gubernamental, Floors 1-3

Tel +504 2240 1500