Rum goings on
The long-running battle over the brand name Havana Club is distilling into a sticky mess. The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued this statement on the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the right of the Bacardi Company (a Bermudan rather than US entity) to market a rum called Havana Club in the US. The message seems fairly clear that the Cuban government us not going to let the matter rest:
"If the U.S. government does not act, it will bear prime responsibility for the theft of the Havana Club trademark from its rightful owner, the Cubaexport company, and the negative consequences which could result from its actions in terms of reciprocal protection of industrial property."