U.S. Appeals Court Strips Cuba Of Trademark Rights To Cohibas

Law360, New York (February 24, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A New York appeals court has struck down on the Cuban government’s trademark rights to the country’s famous Cohiba cigars in the U.S., citing the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean island nation.

In its ruling, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Cubatabaco reversed a lower court's opinion that had stopped New York-based General Cigar from selling products under the Cohiba name in the U.S.

"We hold that the Embargo Regulations bar Cubatabaco's acquisition of property rights in the U.S.," the appeals court...
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