Bacardi is appealing against a decision by the American Patent Office to dismiss its bid to cancel the US trademark of its rival, the Cuban-made Havana Club rum. Bacardi wants to launch its own Havana Club in the US and claims that Pernod Ricard fraudulently obtained the trademark. The Cuban-made rum is currently banned in the States because of sanctions on the communist Castro regime. But if those were lifted, the brand could grab a big share of the £1bn US rum market. The Independent on Sunday 11/04/04 page 4 (Business)

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