An Australian Federal court has ruled in favour of beer giant Anheuser-Busch in its on-going battle with Czech rival Budejovicky Budvar over the use of the tradmark Budweiser. The ruling means the Czech company from using the Budweiser name in Australia.

The 87-page ruling by Justice James Allsop, which delved into the history of European and American beer-making, said the Czech company's head office was in the city of Ceske Budejovice, often known as Budweis.

But the use of that name as a beer product by Budejovicky still contravened Trade Mark legislation in Australia as Anheuser-Busch had owned the Budweiser label since around 1895, and had been selling its beer here since 1960.