Anheuser-Busch Loses Bid to Stop Czech Rival from Registering Trademark

Law360, New York (December 17, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s bid to keep Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar from registering its name as a European Community trademark was rejected by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market of the European Union (OHIM) this week.

The U.S. brewer, long embroiled in a global battle over the right to the Budweiser brand with the smaller Czech rival, had argued that registration of the name would be confused with its Bud trademark.

The two brewers are currently involved in more than 40 lawsuits and another 40...
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