US embassy cable - 02TEGUCIGALPA2548

HONDURAS ON USPTO IPR SEMINARS

Identifier: 02TEGUCIGALPA2548
Wikileaks: View 02TEGUCIGALPA2548 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tegucigalpa
Created: 2002-09-11 13:29:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KIPR HO
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UNCLAS TEGUCIGALPA 002548 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR EB/TPP/MTA/IPC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KIPR, HO 
SUBJECT: HONDURAS ON USPTO IPR SEMINARS 
 
REFS: A) SECSTATE 135231, B) SECSTATE 164498 
 
1.  Per reftel requests, Post passed information regarding 
seminars on specialized intellectual property courts and 
enforcement programs hosted by the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office (USPTO) to Director of Intellectual 
Property Camilo Bendeck.  According to Bendeck, the Central 
American Economic Integration System (SIECA) is funding the 
travel expenses for one Honduran prosecutor to attend the 
seminar on specialized intellectual property courts from 
September 12-13.  Attendance at future trainings will depend 
on the availability of SIECA funding.  Note that SIECA 
(located in Guatemala) is funded by USAID's regional G-CAP 
program. 
 
2.  With respect to the questions posed in ref a, 
specialized intellectual property courts do not exist in 
Honduras.  After a November 2001 meeting with Emboffs, 
Attorney General Roy Medina designated one prosecutor to 
handle IPR cases exclusively.  The prosecutor is currently 
assigned to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for 
Organized Crime.  The creation of a special prosecutor for 
intellectual property will be based on the Office of the 
Attorney General's budgetary needs.  To address the need for 
prosecutors schooled in intellectual property matters, the 
GOH Office of Intellectual Property is assisting in training 
a number of select prosecutors from the organized crime 
office. 
 
Pierce 

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