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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Menendez introduces bill barring use of trademarks related to businesses confiscated by Cuban government

By Nikita Biryukov, May 20 2021 1:02 pm

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-North Bergen) reintroduced a bill that would bar the country’s courts from recognizing trademarks related to businesses confiscated by the Cuban government.

“Any confiscation of assets by the Castro regime is and always has been a crime,” he said. “This bipartisan, bicameral bill will protect U.S. trademarks by codifying into law the longstanding U.S. policy of supporting rightful owners of stolen property by ensuring that the courts only recognize the rights of those whose trademarks were illegally confiscated without consent by the Cuban government.”

The bill would block Cuban trademarks similar to ones used by businesses or assets seized by the Cuban government.

“It has long been U.S. policy to support the rightful owners of stolen property. For 60 years, the despotic Cuban dictatorship–through government-controlled companies–has profited from intellectual property that was stolen and rightfully belongs to ordinary Cubans and their descendants,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is co-sponsoring the bill.

Menendez is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress.

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