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Budvar Claims a Victory in Ongoing Bud vs. Bud

Aug 14, 2003 - The Czech brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, has claimed a further legal victory

over the US brewing giant, Anheuser-Busch, with an appeal court in Lithuania

upholding a decision by the municipal court in Vilnius which had given

Budejovicky Budvar the rights to the exclusive use of the name Budweiser in

that country.

In May, the Vilnius court ruled that A-B had no rights to use the Budweiser

brand in Lithuania because Budvar had registered the trademark first. The

court said it was irrelevant that Anheuser-Busch had registered the

trademark in a number of other countries.

The Lithuanian ruling is the third notable success the Czech brewer has

enjoyed recently in its protracted legal tussle with Anheuser stretching

over many markets. Recently, Budejovicky Budvar has claimed similar

victories in Taiwan and Spain.


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