Trademark Dispute Sparks Rum-Fueled Courtroom Battle

Law360, New York (August 16, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Two liquor companies have squared off in federal court in Delaware over the trademark rights to “Havana Club” after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declared the Cuban government’s U.S. registration of the mark null.

Pernod Ricard USA LLC filed a lawsuit against Bacardi U.S.A. Inc. Tuesday, accusing Bacardi of falsely stating it owns the Havana Club brand and misleading consumers about the rum’s geographic origin.

The lawsuit claims that Bacardi violated section 43(a) of the Lanham Act and seeks an injunction against Bacardi, a court...
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