English find two Buds better than one

Court rules both American and Czech breweries can use Budweiser name

Feb 7, 2000 - The Court of Appeal in London ruled that American brewery Anheuser-Busch and Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar may both use the Bud name in England.


Despite the "danger of confusion" facing the beer-drinking public, three Court of Appeal judges ruled that the names Budweiser and Bud belonged to both breweries. The two breweries have been fighting around the world for exclusive rights to the Budweiser trademark. They have been battling in Britain since the 1970s, when both companies began marketing their products England.

The Czechs say they had claims to the name long before the Americans began brewing beer. "Budweiser," named after a Czech village called Ceske Budejovice, was made as far back as the Middle Ages, they say. The term Budweiser describes beer from that region, the same way Burgundy and Champagne describe wine from those wine-making regions of France, they say.

The German immigrants who founded Anheuser-Busch, and who began brewing Budweiser in 1876, used the Budweiser name for their beer because it was well known in their homeland. In Czechoslovakia, the state-owned Budvar brewery was founded in 1895.

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