Czech Brewer Wins Trademark Case Against US Rival in Bulgaria

Aug 30 2011 - 15:58

A Bulgarian court has ruled in favor of the state-owned Czech brewer Budějovický Budvar in a trademark dispute with the US-based brewer Anheuser-Busch over the right to use the trademark “Bud” in Bulgaria.

The Sofia Municipal Court rejected Anheuser-Busch’s attempt to challenge Budvar’s registration of “Bud” as a protected geographic indication of origin and ordered cancellation of two Anheuser-Busch trademarks: “Bud” and “American Bud”. Budvar is seeking cancellation of other trademarks registered by the US brewer in Bulgaria, including “Anheuser-Busch Bud”.

Budějovický Budvar and Anheuser-Busch have been involved in a long-running legal dispute over the rights to the “Bud” trademark in the EU. You can read more about this case here.

For more information, please contact Aleksandra Pavlovic at our Macedonia office.

Source: Czech Position news portal

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