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
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.