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Cuba, US hold first talks on intellectual property

Cuba, US hold first talks on intellectual property
Havana and Washington re-established diplomatic relations on July 20,
2015 after 54 years of political enmity
IANS | Havana
September 13, 2016 Last Updated at 06:40 IST

Cuba and the US held their first talk on the issue of intellectual
property, the island's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

A statement revealed that Daniel Marti, Intellectual Property
Enforcement Coordinator at the White House visited Havana on September
8-9 and met with representatives of the Cuban Office of Industrial
Property, the National Centre of Copyright, the Faculty of Law of the
University of Havana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry
of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.

Marti was accompanied by officials from the State Department, the
Copyright Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
Xinhua news agency reported.

"In this first official meeting between Cuba and the US on intellectual
property, the parties exchanged views on current regulations in the
respective countries ... and the legal framework of the two states for
the protection of trademarks, patents and legal copyright," read the
statement.

The Cuban officials explained to their US counterparts the guarantees
offered for the protection of industrial property, including the
registration of over 6,000 American brands.

They also expressed concern about the ongoing US embargo, which affects
the recognition of the rights of Cuban trademarks and companies,
especially in the case of the well-known Havana Club and Cohiba brands.

Havana and Washington re-established diplomatic relations on July 20,
2015 after 54 years of political enmity.

Source: Cuba, US hold first talks on intellectual property | Business
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