U.S. court decides in favor of Cuban dictatorship in trademark dispute over Cohiba brand cigars

Score one for the communist dictatorship

From our Bureau of Endless Litigation with some assistance from our Bureau of Very Profitable Stolen Properties Which Enrich Communist Thieves

This legal battle has been going on for a long time, but the latest news from the court handling the dispute was not good for those who don’t like to see thieves profiting from stolen goods.

Castro, Inc. created the Cohiba brand in 1966, seventeen years after it assumed power and stole all private property on the island from its legitimate owners.

The fields in which the tobacco is grown and the factories in which they are made are stolen property. That’s clear enough. But this legal dispute is about trademarks, and since the brand “Cohiba” didn’t exist before all the property in question was stolen, U.S. courts have had a very difficult time dealing with this case.

Score one for communist thieves. For now, they can rest easy and keep making these cigars on stolen property, such as the “El Lagito” Cohiba factory pictured below.

Stolen property

From Cigar Aficionado

The see-saw court battle over the Cohiba brand has moved back in favor of the Cubans, with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruling yesterday to cancel General Cigar Co.’s Cohiba trademark registration. General sells the non-Cuban version of the Cohiba brand in the United States, where Cuban Cohibas cannot legally be sold.

General Cigar says it will “immediately” appeal the ruling, and that sales of its versions of Cohiba will continue—the cigars will still be sold in the United States. Unlike the yellow-and-black design of the Cuban Cohiba, non-Cuban Cohibas have always been distinguished by the red dot that appears within the “O” of the logo. 

“Cubatabaco’s challenge to General Cigar’s ownership of the Cohiba trademark in the U.S. has no merit and this decision by the TTAB will have no impact on General Cigar’s plans to manufacture, sell, market and enforce the Cohiba mark in the U.S.,” said Régis Broersma, president of STG’s North America and rest of world divisions.

The ruling is so new that the Cubans have yet to release a statement; a lawyer for Habanos said a statement from the Cuban side would be coming soon.

The fight over the Cohiba has gone on for nearly 26 years, dating back to January 1997. The courts have ruled in favor of both parties over the years. The cigar brand was created in 1966 in Cuba, but wasn’t commercialized until 1982. Cohiba is Cuba’s flagship brand that’s not only the most expensive, but the most recognizable worldwide.

The Murderous Thief oversees his slaves at El Lagito

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