Anheuser-Busch is mulling a fresh appeal to block the entry of Czech rival Budejovicky Budvar into China.

The US brewing giant said last night (13 July) that it was "considering its legal options" after a Beijing court threw out its latest appeal against the registration of the Budejovický Budvar trademark in China.

"The ruling in China has no impact on our business and does not weaken our very strong and exclusive Budweiser and Bud trademark rights in this country," said Steve Burrows, president and CEO of A-B's international business.

Budvar said yesterday that the court's decision supported a ruling last year that allowed the brewer to register the Budejovický Budvar trademark in China.

"The court's final ruling is an important step towards the definite registration of our trademarks. We have significantly reached the point where the Chinese market will be open for us," a Budvar spokesman told just-drinks.