AGANORSA Leaf and Mombacho Cigars SA Reach Agreement Over Trademark Dispute


The dispute over who can use the word Mombacho on their cigars in the United States is over.

A lawsuit filed last year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida by Tropical Tobacco, Inc. – doing business as AGANORSA Leaf – against three defendants – Tierra Volcan, Inc., Mombacho Cigars SA and Claudio Sgroi – resulted in a settlement on the use of the name Mombacho.

In the document, which was released on January 31, the parties agreed that Tabacalera Tropical, Inc. is the owner of the Mombacho trademark in the United States, and that Mombacho Cigars SA and Tierra Volcan, Inc. have adopted and used the Mombacho brand. in connection with the sale of cigars in the United States, likely to cause confusion with the trademark of Tropical Tobacco.

As such, Mombacho Cigars SA and Tierra Volcan, Inc. are prohibited from using the Mombacho name on cigars in the United States. This includes any “reproduction, counterfeit, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of the Mombacho trademark to identify any cigar sold or distributed in the United States”, as well as any other product classified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as International Class 34, which covers tobacco products.

They are also prohibited from doing anything to harm the goodwill, reputation and/or business of Tropical Tobacco, engaging in any conduct likely to mislead or confuse customers or the public. , or any form of infringement of the Mombacho trademark.

The dispute over the use of the name Mombacho dates back many years, with the first use of the name on a cigar occurring almost two decades ago.

Tropical Tobacco, Inc. trademarked the Mombacho name in 2003 and received a trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2004; it also received another mark in 2012. It used the name of a cigar called Mombacho Thermonuclear, although the current version is known as Mombacho Miami.

Meanwhile, Mombacho Cigars SA, entered the US market as Tierra Volcán but eventually switched to Mombacho. In 2016, he petitioned the USPTO to cancel Tropical’s trademark, claiming that Tropical no longer sold cigars under the Mombacho name and had therefore discontinued the trademark. Tropical Tobacco responded by saying that while the company didn’t sell many cigars under the Mombacho name, it still did, a number that hit a low of two boxes in 2014.

The USPTO ruled in favor of Tropical Tobacco in 2018, but Mombacho Cigars SA said it would continue to sell its cigars in the United States under the Mombacho name. This will soon end, as the settlement provided for a three-month period to liquidate any stock of cigars bearing the Mombacho name before they were removed from the shelves.

In December, Mombacho Cigars SA announced that it would rebrand to Favilli SA for its US-bound products, getting that name from its factory in Granada, Nicaragua, where it produces its cigars. The company also posted a notice on its website stating that as of April 24, 2022, the Mombacho-branded product will no longer be available in the United States. However, the company has yet to reveal details of what its lines will be called or how the designs will change outside of some box photos.

“We look forward to delivering a new, exciting and unique approach that we’ve been working on for a year, and it’s nice to be in this place with an internationally recognized brand and brand,” said Jared Michaeli Ingrosso, President of Mombacho Cigars SA in a statement to half wheel. “Of course, we operate in the United States under the Favilli name and have special plans for the United States, in addition to the new lines already announced and some repackaging. All the while, we continue to grow and celebrate our business in Nicaragua and outside of the US market. It’s also nice to be able to focus on brand approaches in different ways for the market and regarding any litigation, I wish the Fernandez family the best in continued excellence!

Additionally, Tropical Tobacco, Inc. has dismissed its claims against Claudio Sgroi, the former president and master blender of Mombacho Cigars SA and Tierra Volcan, Inc.

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – each cigar you light is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggles and stories. For me, it’s so much more than the cigar – it’s the story behind it, the experience of appreciating the work of artisans, and how a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with the half wheel, I am the PA announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as the Arizona Fall League Salt River Rafters , the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I’m a voice-over artist. Previously, I covered the Phoenix and National cigar scene for, and served as an editor for cigar snob magazine.


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