Patents – Honduras 2018-03-21T10:35:43+00:00

A patent is a set of exclusive property rights granted for an invention, which is a product, technique or process with transformative novel features that provides a new way of doing something or a new solution to an issue. To get a patent, you need to file a patent application and provide technical information about the invention.

  • It excludes others from making, using, distributing, importing or selling the invention without the patent owner’s consent. As a result, patent owners may get higher profit margins for their idea.
  • Competitors may consider the risks of patent infringement before contemplating entering the market for the patented product or service, which would reduce competition.
  • It increases the value of your business, since potential purchasers of your business would considered the patent as a valuable asset.
  1. Name and address of the applicant.
  2. Name, address and citizenship of the inventor(s).
  3. Invention title, abstract of the Invention, utility model or design.
  4. Invention, utility model or design text description.
  5. Claims.
  6. Priority claims (if any).
  7. Set of formal drawings.
  8. Translation of the foreign patent application into Spanish.
  9. Official filing fee.
  10. Power of Attorney.
  1. Patent Search.
  2. Application.
  3. Formal examination.
  4. Publication.
  5. Application for patentability examination.
  6. Substantive examination.
  7. Granting of the patent.

Patent protection in Honduras lasts 20 years from the granting date, non-extendable.

The approximate time from application to granting (for a prosecution without an opposition) is three years.

  • All documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator. However, the translation can also be certified in Honduras.
  • All signed documents must be apostilled.
  • Honduras is a contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
  • Honduras is a contracting state of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
  • For the registration of a patent in Honduras, it’s necessary to request for a patentability examination within six months from the publication of the patent.

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