Cuban Co. Asks High Court For Havana Club Mark Renewal

Law360, Washington (February 2, 2012, 8:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. cannot use a 1998 trade law barring transactions relating to certain trademarks as justification to refuse a company to renew a long-standing pre-existing mark, a Cuban state-owned export company told the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

The D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 last March that because the government has the authority to revoke any exceptions to the Cuban trade embargo at any time, Empresa Cubana Exportadora De Alimentos Y Productos Varios, doing business as Cubaexport, did not have a "vested right to perpetual renewal" of...
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