House Judiciary Committee Statement

USPTO | February 11, 2016

Thank you for this opportunity to describe the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO’s) role with respect to the renewal of the Havana Club trademark registration.
The USPTO is charged with carrying out the trademark registration process consistent with the law so as to provide a stable marketplace for the sale of goods or services identified by the registered mark for the benefit of both consumers and owners.  The USPTO receives more than 300,000 applications for trademark registration each year and administers a trademark register of more than 2 million active registrations. As a general matter, U.S. trademark law requires the submission of certain documents and payment of appropriate fees to maintain and renew a trademark registration.  The actions we took at the USPTO in this case were straight-forward and consistent with the law. In 1974, Cubaexport applied for registration of the Havana Club trademark.  The USPTO approved the registration in 1976 and renewed it in 1996.  The transactions were authorized under an existing general license pursuant to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations.  In October of 1998, however, Congress included section 211 as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act which rendered that general license unavailable for transactions or payments for certain trademarks.

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