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Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar does not have an exclusive right to the name "Bud" in EU member states, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.

An ECJ judge ruled this week that "Bud" is not on the list of products protected in the EU, in the latest development in a long-running dispute over the Budweiser name - claimed jointly by Anheuser-Busch InBev and Budvar.

In 1999, Budvar asked an Austrian court to ban domestic distributor Rudolf Ammersin from selling "American Bud" beer, made by Anheuser-Busch.

Budvar representatives referred to an agreement from 1976 between Austria and what was then Czechoslovakia, under which the name "Bud" can only be used for products that originate in the latter country.

The Czech beer maker is based in the city of Ceské Budejovice.

 


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