Cuba Takes Australia To WTO Over Plain-Pack Tobacco Law

Law360, New York (May 6, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT) -- Cuba lodged a formal complaint with World Trade Organization on Friday over Australia's tobacco packaging laws, setting in motion the latest international challenge to labeling requirements that critics say restrict intellectual property rights.

The complaint follows similar actions last year from the Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Honduras, each of which claims that Australia's plain-packaging public health program is a violation of the world body's protection of trademark rights.

At issue is Australia's Tobacco Plain Packaging Act of 2011, which requires cigarettes to be sold in brown,...
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