Second Circuit Won't Rehear Trademark Case Over Cuban Cigar Trademark

Law360, New York (June 6, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has rejected a motion for a rehearing of a ruling in favor of General Cigar over trademark rights to Cuba’s famous Cohiba cigars in the U.S.

A Cuban government-owned company called Cubatabaco, which exports Cohibas worldwide except to the U.S., had petitioned the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear its February decision.

In its February decision, the court struck down on the Cuban government’s U.S. trademark rights, citing the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean island nation.

The court ruled that Cubatabaco...
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