A-B opposes Budvar sales in Maryland

Ongoing battle over 'Bud' name continues, this time on U.S. soil

June 4, 1999 - The U.S. International Trade Commission will get involved in the long-running trademark dispute between Anheuser-Busch and Czech rival Budweiser Budvar over rights to the name "Budweiser." The commission will investigate a complaint filed by A-B over the sale of the Czech beer in the U.S.


Budweiser Budvar is being imported by Argen-Wine Imports Ltd. and sold in Maryland. Stephen Lambright, A-B's top lawyer, said in a statement, "Anheuser-Busch has been using the name Budweiser since 1876 - 19 years before the Budejovicky Budvar brewery was established."

A-B, the world's largest brewery, wants the International Trade Commission to halt imports of the Czech beer under that name.

A-B and the Czech brewer have gone to court around the world to fight over who gets to use the name Budweiser and derivations of it. Each has won its share of the battles.

A-B has had to switch from Budweiser to related names in some places in eastern Europe. A-B calls its beer Bud in 11 countries in Europe. In Germany, A-B's flagship brand is called Anheuser B. In some other countries, it's called American Bud.

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