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April 28, 2003

SPAIN: Budvar ordered to stop using Budweiser name

Spain's Provincial Court of Appeals has ordered the Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar to stop using the Budweiser name in the country, according to an Anheuser-Busch press release, in the latest twist in this on-going trademark dispute.

Spain’s Provincial Court of Appeals has ordered the Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar to stop using the Budweiser name in the country, according to an Anheuser-Busch press release, in the latest twist in this on-going trademark dispute.


“Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser, has successfully enforced its rights to the Budweiser trademark in Spain, securing the company’s exclusive right to use the Budweiser name in that country,” an A-B statement claimed.


The Spain Provincial Court of Appeals apparently ruled that the Czech brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, must cease sales of beer in Spain under the Budweiser Budvar trademark. In addition, the court ruled that Anheuser-Busch is entitled to damages resulting from Budejovicky Budvar’s infringement of Anheuser-Busch’s trademark.


“This decision affirms our right to the Budweiser name, as many other courts have agreed, while supporting our view that Budvar has no right to the Budweiser name,” said Stephen J.
Burrows, president and chief executive officer, Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. “We’re pleased with the court’s decision because Anheuser-Busch is the brewer that built the Budweiser trademark around the world and began using the Budweiser trademark in 1876, 19 years before the Budvar brewery was established.”


As of yet there was no statement from Budejovicky Budvar.

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