Bacardi Loses Trademark Dispute Over Havana Club Label

Law360, New York (February 2, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has dismissed Miami-based Bacardi U.S.A.'s long-running claim to the Havana Club rum label.

Last week’s ruling means that the U.S. rights to the Havana Club label will remain with a Cuban corporation called CubaExport.

Bacardi filed the case with the trademark court in 1995 but it remained dormant for years while related litigation proceeded in a federal district court.

In 2002, Bacardi reactivated the case and asked the trademark court to cancel CubaExport's...
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