Author Topic: U.S. Trademark Office Tries to Disallow “Gran Habano”  (Read 2442 times)

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Glad to see that it is just a rejection of trademark application rather than a dispute of existing trademark.  Thanks for digging into this Eddie.
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Re: U.S. Trademark Office Tries to Disallow “Gran Habano”
« Reply #31 on: 08/11/2014 12:29 PM »
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Jackal - 8/8/2014  1:34 PM
Glad to see that it is just a rejection of trademark application rather than a dispute of existing trademark.  Thanks for digging into this Eddie.


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Thanks for the clarification.  That makes much more sense!
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That does clarify.  Ideally Gran Habano would have laid out the facts a little better when reaching out for support.  The initial release from their office included:

"Miami, Florida, August 6, 2014 – Santa Cruz Tobacco, LLC., distributor to Gran Habano Cigars, reaches out to cigar industry and customers to help with trade mark issue.

 Today, Gran Habano was notified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that “Gran Habano” is misleading the public. The Trade Mark office claims that because the name has “Habano” in it, they are selling cigars from Cuba." (emphasis added)

The initial release makes it seem this was something new since they learned of it "today."  Yet we now seen this has been going on for seven years.

I support the little guy, and a US manufacturer (especially as they are disappearing from Florida) needs all the support we can give.  I just like it when everyone lays the cards out on the table.  How much better to have said, "We've been waging this battle for seven years and we're coming down to the end.  Please lend us your support."


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Mautrak - 8/11/2014  3:16 PM

That does clarify.  Ideally Gran Habano would have laid out the facts a little better when reaching out for support.  The initial release from their office included:

"Miami, Florida, August 6, 2014 – Santa Cruz Tobacco, LLC., distributor to Gran Habano Cigars, reaches out to cigar industry and customers to help with trade mark issue.

 Today, Gran Habano was notified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that “Gran Habano” is misleading the public. The Trade Mark office claims that because the name has “Habano” in it, they are selling cigars from Cuba." (emphasis added)

The initial release makes it seem this was something new since they learned of it "today."  Yet we now seen this has been going on for seven years.

I support the little guy, and a US manufacturer (especially as they are disappearing from Florida) needs all the support we can give.  I just like it when everyone lays the cards out on the table.  How much better to have said, "We've been waging this battle for seven years and we're coming down to the end.  Please lend us your support."



If they had explained it well, they probably wouldn't have gotten as much support.

I can see the argument that the trademark office has as being valid.  A trademark protects a business from someone else misrepresenting goods as their own.  It is a reasonable argument that a moron in a hurry could confuse Gran Habano with Habanos.
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I just smoked a cigar yesterday that was purchased in Spain. The name of the cigar was "Guillermo Rico" with 3sls also on the label. This is a Gran Habano cigar no doubt. However, the label did not have Gran Habano written on it like the 3sls cigars in the US. Perhaps Spain has a trademark issue with the name being that they do purchase cigars from Cuba?
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