Press Release. Trademarks theft as part of the blockade policy imposed on Cuba
New York, 11 April 2013. The economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba continues to be implemented and deepened, despite the repeated and almost unanimous claim of the international community for its elimination.
The theft of Cuban trademarks in the United States under the aegis of federal authorities of the said country is part of the actions of economic war against the Island.
In March 2013, a federal commission ruled that the U.S. company General Cigar Co. Inc. may continue using the trade name Cohiba to sell its cigars in the United States.
Such decision was based on the fact that the Cuban enterprise Cubatabaco cannot sell their cigars in the United States because of the blockade laws; therefore, the enterprise “lacks legal status” to litigate for the registered trademark Cohiba in that country.
Cohiba is the most prestigious brand in the cigar world. It was created in Cuba in 1966 and gained world fame right after its registration in 1969.
Cuba fails to income over 300 million dollars every year due to the implementation of the blockade laws, which hamper cigar sales in that northern nation and prevent the access to the mechanized cigar market.
For more than twenty years in a row, the majority of the international community has condemned the blockade policy imposed on Cuba with, inter alia, the approval of a Resolution at the UN General Assembly calling for the end of such unfair, illegal and immoral policy.