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Bacardi last week filed a lawsuit in the Washington, DC federal district court appealing the recent ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which it lost over the ownership of the Havana Club Trademark.



Bacardi last week filed a lawsuit in the Washington, DC federal district court appealing the recent ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (or "TTAB") is a body within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) responsible for hearing and deciding certain kinds of cases involving trademarks.  (TTAB TTAB Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
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), which it lost over the ownership of the Havana Club This article is about a rum made in Cuba. For the rum of the same name made by Bacardi in Puerto Rico and sold in the United States only, see Havana Club (Bacardi).
Havana Club is a brand of rum, made in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba.
 Trademark. The TTAB had rejected Bacardi's efforts to cancel the Cubaexport registration of the trademark. It ruled that Havana Club Holdings, a joint venture between the Cuban government and French liquor giant Pernod Ricard, had filed a proper renewal application in 1996 for Cubaexport. However, Bacardi is now asking for a declaratory judgment declaratory judgment

In law, a judgment merely declaring a right or establishing the legal status or interpretation of a law or instrument. It is binding but is distinguished from other judgments or court opinions in that it includes no executive element (an order that
 that Bacardi is the exclusive owner of the Havana Club brand. The filing also asked the court to cancel the trademark registration currently held by Cubaexport, a Cuban government entity. After years of legal action in the court and Federal government agencies, Bacardi requested all outstanding issues relating to its U.S. ownership of the Havana Club brand be concluded. In its filing, among other things, Bacardi specifically asks the U.S. District Court to cancel the current registration of Cubaexport with the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO PTO
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) on grounds that it expired and was not validly renewed; and that it was fraudulently obtained and maintained by Cubaexport. It also asks it declare that Bacardi owns the common law rights to the Havana Club trademark and that Cubaexport has no enforceable fights in the mark or the registration.
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Date:Apr 5, 2004
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