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

Next generation lawyers

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Established in 1906, Bufete Casco is the associated IP arm of Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. Its broad experience includes defending IP rights such as copyright and industrial designs; registering distinctive symbols, including trade marks, brands and commercial names; and the filing and registration of patents. The practice also handles contentious IP proceedings. Following the sad loss of Daniel Casco in 2016, highly experienced senior partner Leonardo Casco-Fortin is now the key point of contact. Recent work highlights include representing Apple in the annulment of administrative resolutions issued by the Trademark office denying its registration of marks on the grounds of trade mark confusion. In other work, he and the team regularly assist magazine publisher General Media Communications with the renewal and registration of trade marks. Associate Roberto Williams is also noted and Rosalinda Cruz de Williams is also active in the sector. Clients include Guccio Gucci, Seguros Crefisa, Garesa and Quality Grains.

Bufete Mejía & Asociados is highly rated for its non-contentious and litigation experience in trade mark, copyright and patent law, designs, geographical indications and distinctive signs; and the practice is also recommended for its expertise in registering pharmaceutical products, foods and beverages, cosmetics, fertilisers and veterinary products. Other areas of strength include trade secrets, unfair competition and false advertising matters. Name partner Ricardo Mejía and Héctor Fernández are both highlighted.

Bufete Durón’s representative expertise includes advice on trade mark and distinctive sign filings, and the protection of patents, utility models and industrial design rights; the team also regularly handles registrations for food, health-food supplement, pharmaceutical and cosmetic health registrations. Contentious experience includes proceedings against infringing trade mark applications and criminal and civil infringement actions. Lucía Durón is the key contact.

Providing great levels of service’, García & Bodán is highly regarded in the market for its advice on trade marks, patents, industrial designs, sanitary registrations and utility models. The client base includes market leaders in sectors such as consumer products, food and beverages, apparel, healthcare, dairy and telecoms; notable names include Ambev, Sky International, Estée Lauder, Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo. The practice manages the trade mark portfolio of Colombian pharmaceutical company Grupo Carval in Honduras and recently acted for the client in filing a request to register a new commercial name and several related trade marks for a new line of prescription products. Other matters saw the team act for US-based global cable television network HBO in several actions to enforce its IP rights against local cable operators. Head of practice in the Honduras office, senior associate Graciela Cruz is ‘always at clients’ disposal and ready to give responses when they need them’.

Aguilar Castillo Love is recommended for its advice to both local and international clients; the team regularly assists with IP filings and is experienced in oppositions, including defence-side matters. The team advised Honduran supermarket and retail company Supermercados La Colonia on the registration of 30-plus brands; and acted in defence of Guatemala-based Alta Tecnología en Envases’ IP rights. Enrique Rodriguez Burchard has ‘a great sense of responsibility and provides phenomenally timely responses’; Juan José Alcerro Milla is also highly regarded.

The former Arias & Muñoz rebranded as Arias in late 2016 following the departure of its former Costa Rica partners. The local practice group advises on the enforceability of IP rights; trade mark, patent and sanitary registrations; the administrative law aspects of IP matters; and copyright protection. It regularly acts for Procter & Gamble in new applications and renewals; IP rights’ maintenance; actions against third parties for annulments, oppositions and cancellations; and trade mark infringements. Key associate Sonia Urbina is noted.

Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notarios’ ‘response times are almost immediate, the firm’s advice is very accurate, and it offers very attractive fees for the service provided’. The IP team manages the local trade mark portfolios of high-profile corporations and its representative experience includes the use and registration of marks; advice on oppositions, anti-counterfeiting cases and claims of rightful ownership; and patent searches and investigations and copyright registrations and enforcement. The team is also noted for the registration of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, hygiene products, agrochemicals and veterinary products. Recent matters include advising Philip Morris International on new trade mark applications and renewals; and the team also handles Unipharm’s 50-plus veterinary products’ sanitary registration portfolio in Honduras. IP director Arturo Zacapa ‘provides outstanding service, which is hard to find in Honduras’; and managing partner Gustavo Zacapa ‘provides good response times and admirable business acumen’.

Bufete Melara & Asociados is ‘rated as excellent on all levels; the team is always very responsive, business oriented and precise in its advice to clients’. The IP group regularly assists the firm’s corporate client base with its IP matters, including trade mark, copyright and patent infringements, as well providing advice on trade mark registrations and the development of regional trade mark protection strategies. Representative work includes advising Latin American conglomerate Grupo Multi-Inversiones on IP matters in Honduras. Team head Oscar Melara has ‘an excellent legal background but he gives a practical view that suits in-house lawyers’ needs’; the ‘very responsive’ associate Alfredo Vargas is ‘a great practitioner, who is a go-to person in the IP area and a future star’.

BLP is experienced in advising domestic and international companies on the protection and defence of patents, trade marks, copyrights, industrial designs and utility models; the practice group also assists with the registration of IP rights and the preparation of contracts and legal opinions regarding IP rights in Central America and the Caribbean. Recent mandates saw the team represent Grupo Aval Acciones y Avalores in 24 cancellation actions for non-use against trade mark AVAL; and it also handles the Honduras trade mark portfolio of Laboratorios Bussie. Fernando Godoy is highly rated.

Bufete Casco S.A. is the IP division of Casco & Casco S.A. and has longstanding experience in patents, trade mark, and copyright matters. Other areas of strength include sanitary registrations, licensing agreements, and IP-related litigation. The key contacts are trade mark and patents manager Lesbia Casco and copyright litigator Tania Casco, as well as Andrea Casco, who is experienced in sanitary registrations, and the pharmaceuticals, food and agricultural sectors.

Consortium Legal regularly advises its extensive client base on trade mark protection and registration and renewal-related issues. The team is also well regarded for its expertise in defending and filing oppositions, as well as IP disputes involving unfair competition and anti-piracy issues. Senior associate Sandra Amaya is noted for matters regarding trade mark and distinctive signs, patent work, copyright and industrial designs.

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