IMPORTS: $11.34 BILLION
POPULATION: 7,962 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 112,492 KM2
CURRENCY: LEMPIRA (HNL)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of The Hague System: NO
Industrial Property Law Decree No. 12-99-E Law on Industrial Property effective as from January 2000
Grace period for filing applications, from disclosure:
Multiple design applications -one application for different embodiments- available:
Formal filing requirements:
Graphic or photographic reproduction of the industrial design, being possible to submit more than one view (plan, profile, section), if three-dimensional; if two-dimensional for textiles, paper or another flat material, the reproduction may be replaced by a sample of the product incorporating the design. Designation of the products to which the design is to be applied, with the class and subclass to which they belong. Assignment document. Power of Attorney
The Patent Office orders three consecutives publications of the application at the official gazzette, but at the request of the applicant -made at any time prior to publication being ordered-, the Office shall defer publication for the time specified in the request, which may not exceed 12 months from the filing date of the application.
Registration Proceeding Outline:
Filing. Formal and Substantive examinations. Publication period. Opposition period. Decision. Certificate of registration
Yes. From the first publication of the application until the last publication of the same, third interested parties may file an opposition.
Average time from filing to grant:
Term of Protection and Maintenance:
5 years from filing the application for registration, twice renewable with further 5-year periods, for a total duration of 15 years.