Nicaragua

Please contact our LAM-office for more information about our services in Nicaragua:

React Latin America
O´Higgins 2062, 4th Floor
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
T +5411 4896 2751
Contact: Ms Estela de Luca
latinamerica@react.org


Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordering Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. The Public Ministry’s specialized unit for Intellectual Property related crimes was dissolved in 2014. Therefore, intellectual property crimes are now handled by the Unit for the fight against organized crime of the Public Ministry. Main ports of entry of infringed goods are located in Puerto Corinto, El Guasaule, Las Manos and Peñas Blancas; and main markets commercializing infringing goods in Managua (Oriental Market). The origin is usually China, Panama and in second place Guatemala.

Our services in Nicaragua

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlements
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Appearing in hearings in enforcement procedures
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing civil complaints
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Drafting and filing preliminary injunctions
  • Facilitate the handling of court proceedings
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up Customs seizures with civil suit for damages
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Follow up out-of-court procedures (C&D-letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (appeals and civil claims)
  • Handling court proceedings (criminal or civil in all their instances)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)
  • Representing Members at training sessions
  • Simplified procedure

Country Procedures

  • It is possible to file a surveillance letter with Customs (not mandatory)
  • Customs acting ex officio is foreseen in the Central American Customs Code border measures, but in practice it is unlikely
  • There is no deadline for response to Customs notification of detention. However, if measures are executed in a civil action, a complaint must be filed within the following 15 days
  • Local authorities tasked with taking criminal action against infringers are Customs, Court and Prosecutor
  • Remedies available by law: seizure, imprisonment and fine
  • Proof of knowledge of counterfeiting is not required
  • Interim injunctions, contributory liability remedy, damages and costs are all available