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(Inside U.S. Trade)
April 09, 2004

Bacardi and Company Limited last week filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that asked the court to reverse a January ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that said Cubaexport, a Cuban state-owned company, should not be stripped of its rights to the "Havana Club" rum trademark in the United States. Bacardi's March 29 filing asked for a de novo review of USPTO's decision, which means the court can essentially retry the case and examine arguments beyond the narrow issue of Cubaexport's compliance with U.S. trademark regulations, according to lawyers familiar with the case.

(Daily News)
March 26, 2004

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick acknowledged on March 25 that the trademark law known as Section 211 could either be amended or repealed in order to bring the U.S. into compliance with a World Trade Organization ruling against the law. However, he told a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary that he favored simply amending the law, since the WTO only ruled narrowly against the measure in 2002.


(Daily News)
March 10, 2004

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on March 9 indicated that he continues to favor complying with a World Trade Organization ruling by amending a controversial trademark law known as Section 211, instead of repealing it altogether as some have proposed. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Zoellick pointed to the law as an example of where the U.S. needs to comply with WTO rulings that found its laws violate international trade rules.


(Daily News)
March 05, 2004

Informed sources this week said the Bush Administration is considering not releasing to the public a report to the president that is expected to recommend a series of policy options the U.S. can take to hasten a democratic transition in Cuba. These sources said that while no decision has been made, U.S. officials are clearly considering this move, which is already being perceived by some as a way to insulate the administration from public criticism that it is not following through on whatever steps are recommended.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 20, 2004

A fight over the direction and staffing of an interagency group meant to recommend policy steps to hasten a democratic transition in Cuba and assist a post-Castro Cuba has caused a split between the Bush Administration and the three Cuban-American members of Congress, and prompted the three members to form their own commission that will likely arrive at separate conclusions about what new steps the U.S. should pursue regarding Cuba.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
February 20, 2004

A multinational producer of resins and other materials used to purify water last week filed a lawsuit against its former law firm for giving it bad legal advice relating to trade with Cuba by its United Kingdom subsidiary, which led to an indictment of the company's owners and chief executives for violations of the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

(Daily News)
February 13, 2004

Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Larry Craig (R-ID) this week told White House and State Department officials that they would soon be requesting that the General Accounting Office audit U.S. procedures for granting licenses to travel to Cuba. In a private hearing on Feb. 11, the two senators told Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega and his deputy, Dan Fisk, that they would request this audit in light of numerous complaints that travel licenses are being denied that previously were routinely granted.


(Daily News)
February 04, 2004

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) late last week rejected arguments from Bacardi-Martini USA that USPTO should not recognize the registration of the “Havana Club” rum trademark by a Cuban state-owned company. Bacardi had argued that the Cuban company, Cubaexport, should have its registration canceled because it did not renew the registration of the mark when it expired in 1996.


(Daily News)
January 16, 2004

The Bush Administration has asked interested parties for input that will help inform a report that the new Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba will complete for the president by May. The Commission was established on Bush’s suggestion in an Oct. 10 speech, and is charged with making recommendations on what measures the U.S. could take to “help the Cuban people to bring about an expeditious end of the [Castro


(Daily News)
January 14, 2004

Informed sources said last week that Pernod Ricard, a French company that has opposed the controversial U.S. trademark law known as Section 211, recommended to the European Union that the U.S. be given another year to implement a World Trade Organization decision that found the law to violate WTO rules. These sources said EU officials were more in favor of not extending the U.S. compliance deadline past Dec. 31, 2003, but that Pernod Ricard asked for an extension in order to give the U.S. more time to consider legislation that would repeal the law altogether.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
January 02, 2004

The U.S. and the European Commission have formally notified the World Trade Organization that they have agreed to extend for one year the U.S. deadline for implementing a WTO case against Section 211, a U.S. trademark law, according to a U.S. trade official. The joint notification dated Dec. 24 says the new U.S. compliance deadline will be Dec. 31, 2004.

(Daily News)
December 08, 2003

Two House members last week introduced legislation that would impose a 100 percent tax on any profit made through an arrangement with Cuba in which Cuba agrees to buy US goods in return for efforts by a US entity to lobby Congress to lift trade or travel restrictions against Cuba.


(Daily News)
October 14, 2003

President Bush late last week rescinded his 2002 offer to Cuba under which the US would ease its economic sanctions program if Cuba were to take certain steps toward democracy and improve its human rights record.


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