American Cigar Makers Brace For Cuban Competition

There will be a lot of legal issues to work out before we can take our first puff of a legal Cuban cigar.

MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami cigar maker Jose Montagne has been fighting for more than a decade to protect his catchy Cuban brand name, Guantanamera, from Cuban government trademark lawyers.

But a recent warming in U.S.-Cuban relations could be the death knell of American cigar makers like Montagne who are seeing their legal position erode as they brace for the potential invasion of Cuban cigars into the world's most lucrative cigar market.

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