Czech brewery wins round in Bud battle

January 5th, 2006 | Posted by Real Beer

Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar claimed victory in Finland over beer giant Anheuser-Busch in the latest round of their ongoing global trademark dispute.

Finland’s brewing association, however, said the ruling had no practical significance because foreign beers make up less than 1% of total consumption.

While sales in Finland may be small, that high court upheld a previous court decision that Budvar can use the Budejovicky Budvar trademark in the country is important for the Czech brewery. Anheuser-Busch has “Bud” and “Budweiser” trademark protection in 21 of 25 European Union nations – and as the American and Czech breweries continue to fight trademark battles (about 40 are open right now) Budejovicky needs all the precedents it can point to.

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2 Responses to “Czech brewery wins round in Bud battle”

  1. matt Says:

    Breweries like Busch and InterBev are the greatest threat to quality beer. Having tasted several Budvars in the UK this fall I can say that it is a very decent beer, topping czechvar, and deserving of the traditon the name represents unlike the ubiquitous swill that bud passes for traditional recipe.

  2. mike Says:

    Abother example of envy based America hating. The ubiquitous swill that is Budweiser also happens to be the largest selling beer on the planet.