(Corrects in paragraph 2 description of Cubaexport to a Cuban state-owned company from a joint venture between the Paris-based spirits company and Cuba and explanation of the ruling to does not have the right to renew the trademark from does not have the right to sell Havana Club rum in the United States. Deletes that trademark expired. Corrects first bullet point)
Pernod Ricard SA the world's No. 2 spirits maker, lost a U.S. appeals court ruling on Tuesday over the right to use the name Havana Club on rum sold in the U.S. market.
The decision, handed down by a U.S. Appeals Court in the District of Columbia, affirms an earlier court ruling that found that Cubaexport, a Cuban state-owned company, does not have the right to renew the trademark.
Pernod, which sells Havana Club rum in other countries around the world, said it will seek a rehearing of the case.
Bacardi, which is also trying to register the Havana Trademark in the United States, did not immediately have a comment on the ruling.
(Reporting by Martinne Geller, editing by Matthew Lewis and Carol Bishopric)