Anheuser-Busch has been granted rights to the "Bud" name in Tajikistan. A statement issued today by the brewer, states that the country's Patent and Trademark office has cancelled Budejovicky Budvar's trademark registration for the "Bud" name.

In September last year, the country's Patent and Trademark Office threw out Budvar's appellation of origin claims, according to Anuheuser-Busch.

In the statement, Stephen J. Burrows, president and CEO of Anheuser-Busch International Inc., said: "We are pleased with the Tajikistan Patent and Trademark Office's ruling. With this decision, Anheuser-Busch now has the rights to the 'Bud' name in virtually every country in the former Soviet Union. We will continue to fight any infringements on our trademarks throughout the world."