History of the rum drink
Case No: 92-15333-CIV Circuit Court, Dade County, Florida]
NOTE: The coaster above
says "Cuba Libra" for whatever reason.
In The Circuit Court of The Eleventh Judicial
Circuit in And For Dade County, Florida
Case No: 92-15333-CIV
BACARDI & COMPANY, LTD
a foreign corporation, and
BACARDI IMPORTS, INC. a New
CUBA LIBRE PRODUCTS-MIAMI,
INC., a Florida corporation,
and JOHN DOE, an unidentified person.
COMPLAINT FOR CANCELLATION
OF FLORIDA TRADEMARK
(Seeking Injunctive Relief)
Plaintiff, BACARDI & COMPANY, LTD., a foreign
BACARDI IMPORTS, INC., a New York corporation, by and
attorneys, complaining of defendants, CUBA LIBRE
a Florida corporation, and JOHN DOE, an unidentified person,
complaint alleges as follows:
8) Rum, a spirit initially made by Spanish colonists from
the juice of
sugar cane plants in Puerto Rico in the 1500's is one of the
beverage alcohol products sold in the world.
9) Plaintiff Bacardi, by and through their predecessors in
related companies or licensees, have, since at least 1862,
the production, distribution and sale of rum. Bacardi®
the leading brand of spirits in the world and is offered for
throughout the United States including the State of Florida.
10) Bacardi® Rum has been widely advertised to the
public and to the trade throughout the United States by
and types of advertising media, including newspapers,
publications, and the like under the BACARDI® Trademarks
reason of their excellence and quality have come to be known
purchasing public throughout the United States as
of the highest quality, which are sold under the best
customer service conditions. As a result thereof, the
BACARDI® Trademarks and the goodwill associated therewith
inestimable value to Bacardi & Co.
11) During the Spanish-American War in the late 1800's
soldiers took Coca-Cola®, a new soft drink, with them in the
for Cuban independence. At that time a new drink was
"Cuba Libre", the freedom of Cuba drink, which consisted of
Coca-Cola®, BACARDI® rum, and a lime wedge.
[See: Bacardi Ad
12) Bacardi has long marketed its products by the
recipes, articles and advertisements including many which
referred to a
popular drink referred to as the "Cuba Libre" which consists
principally, BACARDI® rum and cola. Such efforts
least prior to 1982.
13) Numerous other manufacturers and retail establishments
made reference to a related drink consisting of rum and cola
known as "Rum and Cola".
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