Intellectual property in Honduras
Bufete Casco is the IP arm of the local Honduran office of what is now ECIJA, which was formed following the recent tie-up between Spanish firm ECIJA and Casco-Fortín, Cruz & Asociados. The team is highly rated for its expertise in patents, trade marks and copyright; representative work includes registering trade marks, brands, commercial names, and other distinct symbols. It also assists with trade mark renewals, defending IP rights, and annuity and non-exploitation payments. The client list includes Apple, Guccio Gucci, Quality Grains and Andersen Tax. Highlights included acting for Apple in a case that sought the annulment of Trademark Office resolutions, which deny trade mark registrations; the practice also advised Quality Grains on its negotiations with Beneficio de Café Montecristo, which involved an industrial property registration and a trade mark transfer agreement. The principal contacts are Leonardo Casco-Fortin, managing partner Rosalinda Cruz Sequeira, senior associate Roberto Williams, 'a lawyer who always returns phone calls as soon as he can', and associate Jorge Reina.
Bufete Mejía & Asociados
Bufete Mejía & Asociados' highly rated practice covers both contentious and non-contentious trade marks and copyright, along with designs, patents, geographical indications and distinctive signs, advertising law and trade secrets. Representative litigation includes filing and defending oppositions, cancellation and nullity actions, IP-related unfair competition, and the seizure of goods. The firm also stands out for its advice on the IP aspects of sports law and regularly assists with the registration of food and beverage products, pharmaceutical items and cosmetics. Ricardo Mejía and Héctor Fernández are widely respected practitioners.
Arias advises on both non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark, patent and sanitary registrations, as well as the enforceability of IP rights, including copyright infringement. The firm fields specialists in the food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, automotive, fashion and retail sectors. The team advises The Procter & Gamble on an ongoing basis on new applications, renewals, maintenance of IP rights, and actions against third parties. Other significant clients include Sanofi and Bayer. Associates Sonia Urbina and Gissel Zalavarria are team head and health registration group leader, respectively.
BLP's IP practice handles the registration, renewal and infringement of trade marks. The team successfully acted for Convertidora de Fibras in obtaining an annulment against a third party regarding a registered utility model. Other clients include Molino de Café Maya, Multitech, Colgate-Palmolive and Softline International. Fernando Godoy is highly rated and Fernando Gómez and Jorge Kafati are experienced associates.
Bufete Durón was founded over 85 years ago. The practice is widely respected for its expertise in the registration and protection of IP rights, including trade marks and distinctive signs, patents and industrial designs. On the contentious side, the group is highly regarded for its oppositions, cancellations and annulment actions practice as well as for its strength in IP-related unfair competition and counterfeiting issues. High-profile clients include The Coca-Cola Company, American Express, Microsoft, Pfizer, Universal Studios, General Motors, Fox Group, IBM Global Services, Chevron and Estée Lauder Companies. Lucía Durón is highly rated.
García & Bodán
García & Bodán is particularly focused on trade marks and other distinctive signs, patents and industrial designs, copyright and food product registrations, and the firm fields experts in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, veterinary and agricultural sectors. In IP litigation, the practice assists with trade mark infringements, invalidity issues and cancellations, copyright infringement and anti-piracy, and criminal actions and precautionary measures. The team manages the trade mark portfolio of Colombian pharmaceutical company Laboratorios La Santé in Honduras, with recent work including advice on the registration of a new commercial name and several related trade marks for a new line of prescription products. Honduran IP practice head Graciela Cruz, whose track record includes acting for Kraft Heinz, Cargill, Ambev, PepsiCo, Zara, United Airlines, Spotify and HBO, made partner.
Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notarios
Since publication, full-service firm Gustavo Zacapa y Asociados, Abogados & Notarios has announced its association with Dentons, specifically becoming the Honduran arm of the firm's Central American regional operation, Dentons Muñoz Zacapa. Highlighted as 'one of the best IP firms around', the practice 'leaves clients very pleased with both the quality of its service and thinking outside of the box'. The IP team manages Honduran trade mark portfolios for high-profile corporations, with typical work including advice on the use and registration of marks, oppositions, anti-counterfeiting cases, rightful ownership claims, patent searches and investigations, and copyright registrations and enforcement. Notable clients are Philip Morris International, Grupo Monge, Cinemark, Ropsohn Therapeutics and Unipharm. IP department head Arturo Zacapa is 'able to understand the essence of cases instantly and gives intelligent advice'. Managing partner Gustavo Zacapa is another key contact.
Aguilar Castillo Love
Aguilar Castillo Love 'consistently impresses with its ethics and values; its focus is never in doubt and the practice provides superior service in a timely manner'. The firm's IP expertise includes assisting both domestic and international clients with IP filings and opposition proceedings. The client list includes Global Brigades, Distribuciones Universales, Supermercados La Colonia, Ferrero and Honduran clothing company Vestimoda Industrial for which the group defended the registered brand Mango. Enrique Rodríguez Burchard and 'special individual' Juan José Alcerro Milla are the principal contacts.
Casco & Casco S.A.
Casco & Casco S.A. fields experts in trade marks, patents and copyright and is experienced in the registration of cosmetics, food products and chemicals. Licensing agreements and IP disputes are other areas of strength. Lesbia Casco is trade mark and patents manager, Tania Casco is a copyright litigation specialist, and Andrea Casco is noted for sanitary registration matters.
Bufete Melara & Asociados
Bufete Melara & Asociados is experienced in advising on distinctive marks, including brands, trade marks, trade names, patents, industrial designs, and logos. The practice also assists with the defense of IP rights and registrations, including unfair competition-related issues. Managing partner Oscar Melara and associate Alfredo Vargas are the names to note.