Honduras Trademark registration
In Honduras the legal basis is the Industrial Property Law of February 28th, 2000. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office by a local agent. A power of attorney authenticated by a consulate of Honduras or by Apostille is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness, but no search for prior trademarks. Before the registration, the trademark application is published in the daily „La Gaceta“ three times with 10 days interval between the separate publications. The opposition period is 1 month from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration in Honduras is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, if for a continuous period of at least 3 years (beginning with the registration) the trademark has not been used, it may be subject to cancellation. Although rehabilitation taxes can be paid, this official payment is equivalent to the use.