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Cuba’s criminal dictatorship loses another trademark challenge in U.S. court

Within a few short years of Fidel Castro taking over Cuba, he had effectively stolen the entire island and took ownership of everything. And when we say everything, we mean everything: Private property, public property, residential homes, factories, farms, stores, food, radio and television stations, banks, trademarks and brand names, and even the actual people of Cuba. It was perhaps one of the largest heists in post World War II history, and to this day, Fidel Castro and his family retain ownership of the island, its resources, and all its inhabitants. It is basically one huge slave plantation in the middle of the Caribbean.

It is therefore amazing that the Castro dictatorship, which has no respect for international law aggressively litigates and vigorously pursues in court any and all foreign companies who they claim have stolen their trademarks and brand names. And as expected, they lose pretty much all the time.

Their latest defeat revolves around the Cohiba cigar brand:

General Cigar can use Cohiba name in the U.S.
By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal panel says General Cigar Co. Inc. can continue using the Cohiba (co-HEE-ba) trademark on its cigars in the U.S.

The ruling is the latest in the nearly 16-year-old legal battle with Cuba's state-run cigar company over the signature Cuban cigar brand.

The Richmond, Va.-based subsidiary of Swedish Match AB said Thursday that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dismissed Cubatabaco's petition asking it to cancel the company's trademark.

The panel ruled that because courts have held Cubatabaco can't sell their cigars in the U.S, it has no standing to challenge the Cohiba trademark in the country.

General Cigar says it has sold its Dominican Cohiba cigar in the U.S. since the early 1980s. It received its first registration of the Cohiba trademark in the U.S. in 1981.

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