Cuba Inserts Ruling to Havana Club in U.S. Blockade

Cuba Inserts Ruling to Havana Club in U.S. Blockade Havana, June 10 .- Cuba inserts in the U.S. blockade agaisnt this island the recent decision of the Supreme Court of that country to deny the defense right to register Havana Club rum in American territory.

During a video conference simultaneously held this week in Havana and Paris on the battle around the case of the known Cuban rum, deputy chancellor Abelardo Moreno denounced the ruling by Washington on May 14.

We should not forget that the basis of all this is the economic, commercial and financial blockade to Cuba for over 50 years, he said.

According to the official, Cuba will continue denouncing in all possible spaces what it called arbitrary instructed by the State Department.

We have the right to apply actions considered appropriate in the given time, he said before the panel which met at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For Moreno, the solution of the dispute and conflicts with the U.S. goes "first and foremost" to the need to put an end to the blockade, a measure almost unanimously rejected by the international community over the past 20 years.

Last May 14, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Cubaexport Co. the possibility to defend its right to renew the registration of Havana Club in the United States.

The decision is based on Section 211 of the U.S.Omnibus Appropriations Act for 1999, which prevents Cuban owners have the recognition and enjoyment in the U.S. territory of their rights to trademarks or trade names.

Since 1995, Cubaexport, Cuba Rum and Pernod Richard -global distributor of Havana Club rum- had fought to keep the registration before the Patent and Trademark Office in the U.S.

Havana Club is present in more than 120 markets from the planet. It is the second best selling brand of rum, excluding the U.S., where the blockade prevents its marketing executives from the two entities noted. (Prensa Latina)