Statement from Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. on the U.S.
Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Havana Club
March 29, 2011 05:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time
CORAL GABLES, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Statement from Patricia M. Neal, spokeswoman for
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., on the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on March 29, 2011 regarding the HAVANA CLUB
“Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. applauds the U.S. Court of Appeals for confirming that the Cuban government had no `vested
right' to the renewal of the HAVANA CLUB trademark registration in the U.S., and that the U.S. Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC) acted lawfully in denying Cubaexport a license for the renewal. The effect of the Court of
Appeals’ decision is that the Cuban government’s registration is expired and cancelled. The U.S. courts have also
consistently ruled that the Cuban-French venture Havana Club Holding has no rights to the HAVANA CLUB
trademark in the U.S.
“With this ruling, the United States reaffirms the traditional principle that confiscation of trademarks in one country
has no effect on another. Cuban confiscation of trademarks without compensation to the original owners does not
extend to U.S. trademarks.
“We are thrilled with the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals. As we have maintained all along, Bacardi is the
legitimate owner of the brand.”
About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine
producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the
United States including BACARDI® rum, the world's favorite and best-selling premium rum, as well as the world's
most awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super-premium vodka; DEWAR'S® Blended
Scotch Whisky, the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin,
the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; CAZADORES® 100 percent blue agave tequila, the
number-one premium tequila in Mexico and a top-selling premium tequila in the United States; MARTINI®
vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth; and other leading and emerging brands. For additional information, visit
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
Amy Federman, 441-294-1110
Patricia M. Neal, 441-294-1110