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Cuba

(Daily News)
October 06, 2003

Language to amend the Section 211 trademark law, which is now under consideration by House and Senate conferees to the Defense authorization bill, is expected to eliminate all references to the term “designated national” in an effort to ensure that the law applies to US as well as foreign companies.


(Inside U.S. Trade)
October 03, 2003

House and Senate conferees to the Department of Defense authorization bill are considering changes to a controversial trademark law known as Section 211 in an effort to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2002 World Trade Organization decision that found part of the law violates U.S. most-favored nation commitments. However, sources close to the process say the legislation under consideration would only amend the law, not repeal it as some opponents of Section 211 have recommended.

(Daily News)
September 22, 2003

The Bush Administration earlier this month began a new effort to convince Cuban Americans in Miami that it is taking real steps to help bring about democratic reform in Cuba, an effort that so far involves outlining the administration’s accomplishments with Cuba to groups that have been skeptical that any real progress is being made.


(Daily News)
September 08, 2003

A study released last month from a University of Florida professor maintains that the Cuban government is able to earn hard currency from food that it imports and then sells to Cuban citizens at a marked up price in Cuba’s “dollar stores.”


(Inside U.S. Trade)
July 04, 2003

The U.S. and European Union this week notified the World Trade Organization that they had once again delayed the U.S. deadline for implementing an adverse ruling against a U.S. law that prevents trademark holders from protecting and registering marks that are associated with physical property confiscated by the Cuban government. The two sides agreed to delay the deadline by six months to Dec. 31, but have not bridged their substantive disputes over how to implement the WTO ruling, officials said.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
May 02, 2003

Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Max Baucus (D-MT) this week introduced a bill, S. 950, that would prohibit the executive branch from regulating travel-related transactions in Cuba, effectively freeing up travel to that country except under exceptional circumstances. The so-called Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2003 was introduced on April 30, and was co-sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Larry Craig (R-ID), Mark Dayton (D-MN) and Tim Johnson (D-SD).

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