Anheuser-Busch Acquires Rights to Czech Brewer’s Budweiser Marks

Jan 27 2012 - 12:15

The leading global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, owner of the US Budweiser trademark, has recently acquired the rights to the Budweiser trademarks held by a Czech brewery Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar (BMP).

BMP and a larger, state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar are both based in the town of Budejovice, also known as Budweis, and have both been involved in disputes with Anheuser-Busch InBev over the rights to the Budweiser mark, the rights to which Budejovicky Budvar owns in most European countries, where Anheuser-Busch is aiming to expand.

“Anheuser-Busch InBev and BMP have settled all their trademark disputes and Anheuser-Busch inBev has acquired the rights to BMP’s Budweiser trademarks,” a spokeswoman for Anheuser-Busch InBev stated for the beverage industry news and information portal just-drinks.com on January 12, adding that, “BMP’s former owners will own the BMP brewing operations in the Czech Republic and the non-Budweiser trademarks”.

The number of trademarks that Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired from BMP and the number of European countries affected by this deal have not been disclosed.

Anheuser-Busch InBev claims that the above is unrelated to Budejovicky Budvar and concerns BMP’s Budweiser intellectual property rights only.

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Source: Beverage industry portal just-drinks.com

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