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 Madrid System: NO
Trademark Law in Force:
Industrial Property Law (Decree 12-99-E).
Nice classification, 10th edition.
words, names, pseudonyms, commercial slogans, shapes, portraits, letters, figures, monograms, labels, coats of arms, cotton prints, vignettes, fringes, lines, stripes, combinations and arrangements of colors.
Sound and smell trademarks are now accepted as a result of DR-CAFTA regulations
Formal filing requirements:
• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 30 days from the official request.
• Certified copy of priority application and its translation into Spanish within 30 days from the official request.
Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES
30 working days counted from the day of the last publication
Average time from filing to grant:
Approximately 8-10 months unless any obstacles were raised.
Term of protection:
10 years from the date of registration.
YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 3 years, counting from the date of registration. (Partial cancellation possible). In order to avoid this a Rehabilitation Tax can be paid that assures protection against cancellation petitions from third parties.
Grace period for renewal: