Budvar triumphs

Cambodian court backs Czech brewery against Anheuser-Busch

Apr 20, 2005 - Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar has won the latest round of its ongoing global battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch, ensuring the right to sell its beer under its original brand name in Cambodia. The company said Cambodia's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Czech brewery earlier this month in a case dating back to 2000.


A lower Cambodian court in 2000 ruled in favor of Anheuser-Busch, ordering the cancelation of already registered Budvar trademarks in the country. An appeals court in 2002, however, ruled in favor of the Czech company and the Supreme Court upheld its ruling.

"We welcome the court's ruling ... in favor of Budvar," said Jiri Bocek, the company's general director.

The two breweries have been battling over Budweiser and other trade names, such as Budvar, for a century. Currently, they are involved in about 40 lawsuits worldwide.

Since 2001, Budvar has been exporting its beer to the Unites States under the name Czechvar.

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