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Tackling piracy and counterfeiting

By Bufete Mejía & Asociados - 05/07/2022

The Honduran Property Institute (IP) is a decentralized agency of the Presidency of Honduras, which oversees the national cadaster, geospatial information, land tenure legalization and the property registries, among them the intellectual property registry.

Recently, the IP organized a workshop for the enforcement of intellectual property rights throughout the country, specifically focused on fighting piracy and counterfeiting.

In recent years Honduras has strengthened the protection and enforcement of intellectual property. To bolster criminal enforcement, governments have increased the number of prosecutors specializing in criminal IPR enforcement and have committed to publish reports on prosecution case activity, in order to promote transparency and accountability.

Such changes have kept the country out of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 2022 Special 301 Report, which analyzes the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world.

The latest workshop was attended by several public institutions that are intending to exercise inter-institutional coordination to fight more effectively against counterfeiting and piracy. One of the main problems affects signal piracy in cable and satellite transmissions, with the need to resolve pending criminal investigations associated with this problem and engage with rights holders to promote expanded use of administrative enforcement options, including the imposition of fines and suspension of business licenses in appropriate cases. The workshop also addressed the need for greater clarity in the scope of protection for geographical indications.

By Bufete Mejía & Asociados - 05/07/2022
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