Honduras

This year Honduras features in the WTR 1000 for the very first time. Although known as a challenging and complex jurisdiction in which to protect trademarks, the market is home to some excellent IP practitioners and a Directorate General of Intellectual Property with a consistent and stable staff that turn trademark applications around relatively quickly. The directorate is currently devising systemic changes that would streamline the prosecution process and cut down on delays.

Firms

  • Bufete Casco
  • Bufete Duron
  • Bufete Mejia & Asociados
  • Dentons Muñoz Zacapa 
  • Arias
  • BLP
  • Central Law
  • Consortium Legal
  • Melara & Asociados

Arias

Operating directly from the capital and business hub Tegucigalpa, Arias serves as an excellent point of entry into the Honduran market. For local clients looking to expand abroad or international companies with region-wide interests, the firm offers high-quality, efficient and holistic brand management services. Interested parties should not hesitate to call on Gissel Zalavarria and Sonia Urbina.

BLP

A Costa Rican-born firm operating since 2003, BLP has grown into a regional leader with impressive capabilities in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Its significant growth has not detracted from its personalised service and its building of close client relationships has only served to enhance the strategic and commercial quality of its advice. In Honduras, Fernando Godoy is responsible for maintaining the firm’s high standards and he does a top job of it. A business lawyer through and through, he neatly aligns the brand-related guidance that he gives to fit clients’ business objectives.

Bufete Casco

In practice since 1906, “long-standing, well-established and traditional” Bufete Casco stands out as the oldest IP boutique in Honduras. Over several generations, the family firm has never let up in providing first-class IP services to diverse clients and “remains at the top of the IP market”. For points of contact, Managing Partner Leonardo Casco Fortin and Partner Leonardo Pablo Alvarado fit the bill perfectly; both are experienced trademark experts and IP all-rounders with strong patent and copyright skills.

Bufete Duron

Since its inception in 1933, Bufete Duron has been on the frontline of IP practice and development in Honduras. Accustomed to representing marquee brand owners, the set stands out for its creative problem-solving abilities and sensitivity to commercial risk. Lucia Duron provides strong leadership – steadying the ship during moments of generational transition, she has proved as gifted a managing partner as she is a trademark lawyer.

Bufete Mejia & Asociados

Bufete Mejia stands out for its regional capability, efficiency and cost-effective work. The boutique protects brands in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa-Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize and the Dominican Republic. Another unique selling point is its litigation and enforcement proficiency; the set brings the heat when tackling counterfeiters and other infringers, making excellent use of its close connections with Customs and other authorities. Partner and IP Director Ricardo Anibal Mejia has been crucial in guiding the firm’s development as a multi-jurisdictional hub; a prolific author who regularly takes to the podium as a speaker, he deploys his vast knowledge to push the boundaries of IP law locally and regionally.

Central Law

A full-service powerhouse with a strong regional presence, Central Law is an excellent one-stop shop for clients looking for premium centralised services in Central America. In Honduras, the firm showcases wide-ranging IP capabilities and works from two distinct offices to facilitate client access: one in Tegucigalpa and one in San Pedro Sula, the country’s industrial hub.

Consortium Legal

Consortium Legal is the largest firm in the Central American market, but size and depth of resources are not its only assets: its ability to realise clients’ business visions through tailormade IP strategies gives it an edge, too. Coordinating the IP practice in Honduras is Sandra Amaya. She spent 10 years at the Honduran Directorate General of Intellectual Property and capitalises on her insider knowledge of its workings to advise clients on the most efficient and effective prosecution approaches.

Dentons Muñoz Zacapa 

Clients call Dentons Muñoz Zacapa “a refreshing discovery in Honduras”. “It provides exceptional support and delivers timely results for fair prices. Its attorneys are extremely reliable and have great communication skills; they demonstrate deep knowledge, efficiency, good judgement and a sense of urgency.” A favourite of international brand owners and foreign associates, Arturo Zacapa is one of the market’s rising stars. “Arturo is articulate, well prepared, precise, direct and very easy to deal with. He is cultivating an excellent international reputation which is thoroughly deserved.” One source comments: “He is the best in Honduras for resolving IP conflicts.”

Melara & Asociados

Melara & Asociados is a fine choice if you want superior corporate legal counsel in Honduras. It has a “deep bench of experienced practitioners” who understand the business mindset. When IP matters arise, Alfredo Vargas is the person to call; well-rounded in the discipline, he is a ray of light in this often-challenging jurisdiction. One client is lavish in his praise: “Alfredo gives us great advice, responds quickly and solves everything.”

Individuals

  • Lucia Duron - Bufete Duron
  • Ricardo Anibal Mejia - Bufete Mejia & Asociados
  • Arturo Zacapa - Dentons Muñoz Zacapa 
  • Sandra Amaya - Consortium Legal
  • Leonardo Pablo Casco Alvarado - Bufete Casco
  • Leonardo Casco Fortin - Bufete Casco
  • Fernando Godoy - BLP
  • Alfredo Vargas - Melara & Asociados