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    • Daniel Casco - Casco, Bufete
    • Lucía Durón - Durón, Bufete
    • Ricardo Mejía - Mejía & Asociados, Bufete
    • Arturo Zacapa - Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notarios

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Bufete Casco is a highly recommended IP boutique that is also the associated office of Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados (where the firm’s senior partner and ‘extremely experienced practitioner’ Leonardo Casco Fortin is also a partner). The practice is highly recommended for copyright, patent and trade marks, the practice’s assistance also covering prosecutions and defence, as well as IP management and filings. It is with sadness that we report that Sr Daniel Casco López passed away shortly before publication.

Bufete Mejía & Asociados has a strong reputation in the market for patent, trade mark and copyright law. The practice is also experienced in advertising law and domain names. In litigation, the team specialises in filing and defending oppositions, cancellation and nullity actions and infringements. Ricardo Mejía is recommended for both contentious and non-contentious intellectual and industrial property law, and Héctor Fernández is an IP litigation expert.

Founded in 1933, Bufete Durón is one of the most recognisable IP law firms in Honduras and it enjoys long-standing relationships with its clients. The practice specialises in the registration and protection of IP rights, its advice including the preparation, filing and prosecution of applications for the registration of trade marks, service marks, trade names, slogans, patents, utility models and industrial designs. The firm’s impressive international client list includes The Coca-Cola Company, Citigroup, American Express, Microsoft and Pfizer. The ‘creative and thoughtful adviser’ Lucía Durón is recommended.

García & Bodán is highly focused on the protection of industrial property and the firm’s assistance includes new brand monitoring, the analysis of current legislation and legislative developments, alerts concerning possible violations and infringements, and judicial proceedings. The practice recently advised on trade marks, patents, industrial designs, utility models and copyright issues, and it also assisted with the registration of food for human and animal consumption, drugs, pharmaceutical products and medical devices at Honduras’ sanitary authorities. The firm’s client base includes the consumer products, food and beverage, healthcare, agriculture, telecoms and digital content sectors and it is also active in contentious IP matters. Senior associate Graciela Cruz is recommended for IP, industrial property and sanitary regulation work.

Aguilar Castillo Love provides ‘excellent response times and its lawyers come highly recommended’. The practice recently acted for several companies during the registration of multiple brands, as well as assisting with trade mark defence matters. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and Juan José Alcerro Milla are the names to note.

Examples of Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados’ recent experience in IP-related administrative conflicts includes advising Guccio Gucci during a lawsuit that sought the annulment of administrative resolutions issued by the Trademark Office that granted a special design registration for the letter “G” and which caused trademark confusion. In non-contentious matters, insurance client Seguros Crefisa was advised on the registration of trade marks; and the practice was generally busy, recently, advising foreign clients (which have agency or distribution contracts) on their trade marks and products in Honduras. Apple, Viacom and Goodyear International are also clients. Practice head, associate Roberto Williams, has extensive IP experience and has acted in cases for international clients at an administrative level, as well as in lawsuits where the administrative resolutions of Honduras’ Trademark Office are challenged. Vanessa Velasquez and Rosalinda Cruz de Williams are also experienced advisers. IP boutique Bufete Casco is an associated office of the firm, where Leonardo Casco Fortin is also senior partner).

Consortium Legal is recommended for trade mark searches, including legal opinions on the feasibility of the protection and registration of corresponding signs; it also acts on the registration and renewal of distinctive signs; and advises on the defence and filing of oppositions. Alongside the litigation team, the practice assists with lawsuits involving unfair competition, nullity, cancellation, infringement, and anti-piracy matters. Senior associate Reina León-Gómez is a highly regarded practitioner.

A ‘go-to, business-focused firm in Honduras’, Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notarios is recommended for its ‘quality and prompt legal advice’ to clients on how to conduct their business and maximise their market presence through their brands and products. The IP team is especially focused on trade mark prosecution and the surveillance of marks and enforcement; its services include trade mark clearance and availability searches, investigations, new applications and renewals, as well as annuity tax payments, rehabilitations, opposition procedures and modifications to registrations. In addition, the group advises on patent investigations. The practice handles an international client’s portfolio of 300-plus marks in the Republic of Honduras and clients are quick to praise the practice for being ‘very sophisticated, extremely responsive, creative and cost effective’. Particularly stand out is the ‘top-flight’ Arturo Zacapa; ‘dynamic, nimble and sharp’ he is ‘brilliant at helping clients devise creative solutions for multinational clients’. Gustavo Zacapa is also a key name.

With the majority of its clients of international origin, Arias & Muñoz is recommended for trade mark and patent registration, in addition to the enforcement of recent and previously acquired IP rights in Honduras; to a lesser degree, the practice advises on copyright matters. The team ‘demonstrates great service levels and is highly competent’ and ongoing work is typified by its assistance to Procter & Gamble, whose local trade mark portfolio it has managed for over six years, including filing new applications and infringement actions. Associate Sonia Urbina is recommended. Other clients include Sanofi. Since publication, the firm has split with the Honduras office remaining part of what is now known as simply Arias.

Central Law Honduras recently increased its client brand portfolio and has been busy advising a number of clients on opposition procedures. The team was also recently instructed to advise and carry out a software anti-piracy campaign in Honduras. Recently promoted partners Ricardo Padilla and Claribel Medina are experienced advisers.

Bufete Melara & Asociados is recommended for its advice during the registration of distinctive marks, including brands, trade marks, trade names, patents, industrial designs, and logos. The team also assists with administrative and judicial opposition procedures, appeals and unfair competition matters in conjunction with the firm’s litigation department. Associate Alfredo Vargas is the key contact.

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