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20-Jun-2006
Dominican-made cigars will sell with Cuban brand name in U.S.

Washington.- With its refusal to block selling cigars in U.S. under the Cuban brand name ‘Cohiba’ the U.S. Supreme Court opens the way for the firm Swedish Match AB to continue using a name it has been putting on its Dominican-made cigars in the U.S. for more than two decades.

Stockholm-based Swedish Match had purchased General Cigar in 2000.

"Cubatabaco had no standing to challenge General Cigar's ownership of the Cohiba mark in the United States," General Cigar General Counsel Gerry Roerty said in a statement. General Cigar said it plans to focus on its bid to halt sales of what it considers "counterfeit Cohiba cigars," including others made in the Dominican Republic and sold over the Internet.

In turn, Cubatabaco said in a statement that it will "continue to fight for the rights to the Cohiba trademark in the United States" through a pending process with the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers the ban on sale of goods from the communist nation.


Source: Dominican Today