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Timeline: Havana Club battle

Simon Crompton, London


The fight for the Havana Club trade mark has been going for over 35 years and involves several cases around the world. This is a timeline for the three main cases, two in the US and one in Spain

1934 - Havana Club trade mark registered in Spain by Jose Arechabala

1955 - The trade mark expires having never been used

1960 - Cuban revolution. Cuba seizes the property of Jose Arechabala, including Havana Club and its manufacturing

1967 - A Cuban...


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