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What's in a Name? Cuban Cigars Plant Legal Seeds for U.S. Future

9 05.05.2015 Инфо

Miami cigar maker Jose Montagne has been fighting for more than a decade to protect his catchy Cuban brand name, Guantanamera, from Cuban government trademark lawyers. But a recent warming in U.S.-Cuban relations could be the death knell of American cigar makers like Montagne who are seeing their legal position erode as they brace for the potential invasion of Cuban cigars into the world's most lucrative cigar market. Montagne is a Cuban exile who came to the United States in 1996, and is one of more than a dozen cigar makers in the United States that Cuba’s state-owned tobacco company has tried to block from using names referring to the Communist-run island.