TRADEMARKS

HONDURAS

GDP: $23,803 BILLION
IMPORTS: $14,282 BILLION
POPULATION: 9,587,522
TOTAL AREA: 112,492 KM2
CURRENCY: HONDURAS LEMPIRA (L) (HNL)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH

WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES.

Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO.

Patent Prosecution Highway:

Trade Mark Law in force:

Industrial Property Law (Decree 12-99-E of 2000).

Classification:

Nice classification, 10th edition.

Multiclass Applications:

NO.

Registrable trade marks:

Words, names, pseudonyms, commercial slogans, shapes, portraits, letters, figures, monograms, labels, coats of arms, cotton prints, vignettes, fringes, lines, stripes, combinations and arrangements of colours.

Sound and smell trademarks are now accepted as a result of DR-CAFTA regulations.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarised and legalised within 30 days from the official request.

• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 30 days from the official request.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES.

Relative grounds for refusal: YES.

Opposition period:

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.

Use requirements:

YES. Cancellation can be requested if the trade mark has not been used for 3 years, counting from the registration date. Partial cancellation is possible. A Rehabilitation Tax can be paid, which protects the mark against cancellation petitions from third parties.

Renewal terms:

1 year prior to the renewal date.

Grace period: 6 months.

Link to Trade Mark Office:

http://www.digepih.webs.com/

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