NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: A can of Budweiser beer is displayed in a kiosk in Grand Central Terminal on February 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Hide Caption

Czech brewer gets Budweiser trademark in Portugal

a a a a
Share this story

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech brewery Budvar said Wednesday that a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from selling beer under the Budweiser name in the country.

State-owned Budvar has been fighting with Anheuser-Busch for over a century over use of the Budweiser brand name. The legal battle continued when Anheuser-Busch was taken over by Belgium's InBev in 2008 to create the world's largest brewer.

In a statement, the Czech company - whose full name is Budejovicky Budvar NP - said the court in Lisbon rejected AB InBev's challenge to an earlier ruling because its Budweiser trademarks could be mistaken for those Budvar had already registered in Portugal.

AB InBev has an option to appeal but has not yet said if it plans to do so.

Spokeswoman Karen Couck said in an emailed statement to the Associated Press that the ruling has not affected AB InBev's sales of its beer "under the established BUD brand in Portugal, as we have been doing for years without challenge or interruption from Budvar."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More #9beer Stories
Make even better beer with a DIY temp controller
Make even better beer with a DIY temp controller

This weekend it is time for you to take control of your fermentation temperature with a DIY dual stage temperature controller.

What you need to know about Founders KBS
What you need to know about Founders KBS

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is no secret in the world these days. Most folks in the Midwest know the acronym as a delicious,…

New brewery lifts off in heart of Covington
New brewery lifts off in heart of Covington

The craft beer revolution taking over the Queen City got brand new powerhouse on the scene with the announcement of the new Braxton…

Williamsburg firehouse gets new life as brewery
Williamsburg firehouse gets new life as brewery

A former firefighter is heading back to the firehouse, but instead of gearing up he’ll be brewing beer.

Special 'Audit Ale' takes edge off tax day blues
Special 'Audit Ale' takes edge off tax day blues

As the deadline for the taxman looms, one local brewery is putting a special twist on the dreaded occasion.

So you want to host a beer pairing dinner
So you want to host a beer pairing dinner

Spring is in the air and that means all that pent up energy from winter may have you itching to throw a party. Well how about pair your love…

How much of your beer money goes to taxes?
How much of your beer money goes to taxes?

The states on each side of the Ohio River are at opposite spectrums when it comes to how much your favorite pint of beer is taxed.

Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon
Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands…

Adventurous? Try making these 5 beverages
Adventurous? Try making these 5 beverages

Looking for something new to brew? Give these five beverages from around the world a spin to see if you've got the chops to be an…

Reds make two Top 10 lists for crafty ballparks
Reds make two Top 10 lists for crafty ballparks

The baseball season is just starting but Great American Ball Park is already getting cheers from craft beer fans nationwide.