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    • Graciela Cruz - García & Bodán
    • Sonia Urbina - Arias
    • Alfredo Vargas - Melara & Asociados, Bufete

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Bufete Casco is the IP arm of law firm Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. The practice is highly rated for its expertise in IP rights, including copyright and industrial designs. Other areas of notable strength include distinctive symbols, such as trade marks, brands and commercial names; and as well as a robust practice in filing and registering patents, the team is also active in contentious IP matters. Leonardo Casco-Fortin and managing partner Rosalinda Cruz de Williams are the key names to note; associates Roberto Williams, who acts in challenges to the administrative resolutions of the Trademark Office, and Jorge Arturo Reina, who assists with IP filings and legal opinions, are also highly regarded. The client base includes Apple, Guccio Gucci, Helix Trading, and ASSA Compañía de Seguros.

Bufete Mejía & Asociados is widely respected for its experience in trade marks and copyright matters, both on the contentious and non-contentious side. Additional areas of focus include patents, designs, geographical indications and distinctive signs, and trade secrets. On the contentious side, the practice is widely respected for its experience in filing and defending oppositions; cancellation and nullity actions; unfair competition matters; and border measures and related actions, including seizure of goods in conjunction with the Customs Office. The firm also fields attorneys with specific expertise in the registration of food-and-beverage products, pharmaceutical items and cosmetics. Ricardo Mejía is a well-known IP authority in Honduras; and Héctor Fernández is also highly rated.

Established in 1933, Bufete Durón specialises in the registration and protection of IP rights: the scope of its practice includes trade marks and distinctive-sign filings, as well as patents, utility models and industrial designs. It is also highly regarded for the registration of food and pharmaceutical products, service marks and slogans. On the contentious side, the team regularly undertakes opposition, cancellation and annulment actions, as well as unfair competition and counterfeiting matters. The client list includes The Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Pfizer, PayPal and Yahoo! Principal partner Lucía Durón is the name to note.

García & Bodán’s IP practice ‘does a very good job’ and is best known for monitoring its clients’ trade mark, patent and industrial design rights, and on the contentious side, acting on infringements of the same. It manages the trade mark portfolio of Colombian pharmaceutical company Laboratorios La Santé (LAS) in Honduras and recently advised the client on the registrations of a new commercial name and several related trade marks for a line of prescription products, as well as on administrative litigation challenging an opposition. The team’s client base includes consumer product, food-and-beverage and healthcare companies, as well as dairy, telecoms and digital content businesses. Senior associate and Honduran IP-team head Graciela Cruz is ‘loyal and committed’.

Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notariosprovides an excellent service and always follows up to make sure deadlines are met’. The practice advises on the use and registration of trade marks, and also regularly handles oppositions, anti-counterfeiting cases, claims of rightful ownership, patent searches and investigations, and copyright registrations and enforcement. IP director and ‘trusted lawyer’ Arturo Zacapa (who ‘offers an outstanding service and whose replies are quick and accurate’), handles a broad range of trade mark, patent and copyright issues; managing partner Gustavo Zacapa is also widely respected for IP matters. Key clients include Philip Morris International.

Aguilar Castillo Love’s ‘level of service is extremely high and the team always responds on time’, with the practice handling matters ranging from IP filings to oppositions. Recent highlights include acting for Guatemala-based Alta Tecnología en Envases in the defence of its IP brand rights. Other active clients include Subway International, Global Brigades and Vestimoda Industrial. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla are the main contacts.

Arias’ representative experience includes assisting Procter & Gamble with its portfolio on a daily basis; such advice includes filing new applications, handling renewals, maintaining its IP rights, annulment, opposition and cancellation actions against third parties, and trade mark infringements. Other key clients include Sanofi and Bayer. Associates Sonia Urbina, who heads the team, and Gissel Zalavarria are experienced advisers.

Bufete Melara & Asociadosresponds swiftly and its advice is thorough’. The practice handles fast food chain Pollo Campero’s IP matters in Honduras, including the filing of trade and service marks, and infringement claims, annulments and cancellations. Other notable clients include Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana, Honduras’ largest private university, and shoe manufacturer, Empresas Adoc. ‘Professional and knowledgeable’, managing partner Oscar Melara ‘communicates well and is very reliable’; while associate Alfredo Vargas’ ‘advice is always accurate’.

BLP’s ‘very responsible team’ regularly manages brands for international companies; the practice group also assists with annulation procedures. It recently defended Convertidora de Fibras against a third-party criminal action for IP rights infringement involving a registered utility model. The recommended practitioners are Fernando Godoy, and associates Fernando Gómez and Jorge Kafati.

Casco & Casco S.A. is highly rated for its experience in trade mark, copyright and patents; and the practice has specific pharmaceutical-sector expertise. The team is also focused on the registration of sanitary products (such as cosmetics, food and hazardous chemicals), licensing agreements, and contentious IP matters. The names to note are trade mark and patents manager Lesbia Casco, copyright litigation expert Tania Casco and Andrea Casco.

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