When you think of your business’s assets, do things like buildings, vehicles, and your employees come to mind? What about your business’s inventions, ideas – even its name and slogan? Just as you take steps to protect your tangible assets, you should utilize Nicaragua’s laws to protect your company’s intellectual property as well. By registering your company’s ideas, creations, and distinctiveness, you are able to safeguard your business from piracy and competitors.
Registration of your copyright, patent, or trademark with the Intellectual Property Office is necessary to ensure your business’s IP rights are fully protected. As is true in other countries, registering a trademark, copyright, or patent in Nicaragua requires the completion and submission of certain applications that identify not only your business but also that sufficiently identify what it is you are trying to protect. These forms must be completed in Spanish and accompanied by the appropriate registration fee. We can lead your team through the process from beginning to end. For large corporations, we frequently work to register entire portfolios, streamlining an otherwise complex and confusing ordeal.
If a registered trademark, copyright, or patent is infringed in Nicaragua, you may be entitled to injunctive or protective measures requiring the offender to cease and desist the infringing activities. You may also be entitled to compensation for damages you suffered as a result of the infringement.
Alvarado y Asociados’ IP attorneys are well-versed in Nicaragua’s intellectual property laws and treaties. Our firm is a member of the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and International Trademark Association (INTA). From helping you register a trademark, patent, or copyright to prosecuting individuals or businesses who have infringed them, our IP lawyers are here to help protect your business.