Cuba

Rising enforcement efforts show an increasing concern for IP rights in the Caribbean

Recent efforts by US Customs and Border Protection, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and INTERPOL are a stark warning to counterfeiters in the region – particularly where fake goods are linked to organised crime and terrorism.

Rising enforcement efforts show an increasing concern for IP rights in the Caribbean
Scotch Whisky GI protection in Cambodia, Cuba joins TMview, and <em>Frozen 2 </em>lawsuit: news digest
17 Dec 2019

Scotch Whisky GI protection in Cambodia, Cuba joins TMview, and Frozen 2 lawsuit: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Chinese Supreme Court ordering Muji to pay $89,000, US Customs cracking down on fake handbags, the EUIPO inviting comments on its trademark evidence project, and much more.

Where did it all go wrong in the WTO plain packaging dispute?
10 Sep 2018

Where did it all go wrong in the WTO plain packaging dispute?

The World Trade Organisation’s panel report in the cases brought against Australia’s plain packaging regime is difficult reading – and some of its key arguments are without merit.

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23 Sep 2020

Island hopping in the Caribbean: the latest developments across a complex region

With no unified trademark system and a rich landscape of languages and practices, the Caribbean is a highly nuanced terrain with some potential pitfalls that brand owners and practitioners must navigate. Read more

22 Jun 2018

Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, Ukraine's institution of IP inspectors, the musician ordered to pay $2 million for trademark infringement, and more. Read more

12 Jan 2018

Havana Club hostility, new UK IP minister, and General Mills 'logo trolls’ Kellogg’s: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and much more. Read more

13 Apr 2016

Another troll in Cuba

When a new market opens up, some may seek to take advantage of the fact that many brand owners have not yet registered their trademarks there as they are not doing business in that jurisdiction.

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Brand management

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7 Apr 2016

Major international brands and law firms being targeted by trademark applicants in Cuba

A number of well-known brand-related trademarks, including UBER, COMCAST, FEDEX and some related to international law firms, have been filed in Cuba by entities that appear to be unrelated to the legitimate brand owner. With single entities responsible for a multiple number of such applications, it highlights the growing need for brand owners to have an effective monitoring strategy in Cuba.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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15 Nov 2002

Cuba passes new law to comply with TRIPs

Cuba has passed a new trademark law as a result of its accession to
the World Trade Organization and to comply with the TRIPs requirements. The
new law includes a broadened definition of 'trademark', new filing and appeal
procedures, and improved protection against infringement.

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Government/Policy

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15 Mar 2016

Bacardi ramps up HAVANA CLUB battle, in court and through the media

In January we noted that the resumption of legal proceedings would make the US federal district court the key battleground for control of the Havana Club brand in the US. This week Bacardi filed an amended complaint, asking for the removal of the HAVANA CLUB mark from the register.

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12 Feb 2016

Politics and trademark law collide as congressional hearing focuses on Havana Club dispute

In our previous coverage of the dispute over the Havana Club brand, we noted that the resumption of legal proceedings would make the US Federal District Court the key battleground. However, following a combative US House of Representatives hearing on confiscated property in Cuba, it is clear that it remains a hot-button issue in political circles.

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22 Jan 2016

“We are back to where we were 10 years ago”: Pernod Ricard counsel on Havana Club dispute

In his first media interview on the matter, given exclusively to <i>World Trademark Review</i>, Ian FitzSimons, general counsel of Pernod Ricard, has expanded on the news that Cubaexport has received a specific licence allowing it to renew the Havana Club trademark registration in the United States. While a positive development for the company, he tells us that the dispute with Bacardi over the brand name is basically back to where it was in 2006.

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