November 10, 2006

On Thursday, Budejovicky Budvar NP ("Budvar"), a brewer in the Czech Republic, announced that it successfully obtained a trademark for "Budweiser Budvar" in Portugal. Budvar initially applied for the mark in 1999, and U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. opposed Budvar's trademark application. According to the International Herald Tribune article (link below), "[i]t's another win for [Budvar] over Anheuser-Busch in Portugal after the patent office there [the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial] accepted its objections to Anheuser-Busch patent applications for the "Budweiser" and "Budweiser King of Beers" trademarks in 2003." According to Budvar's website, "Budweiser Budvar has to defend its historical rights to the registered trademarks against legal attacks from the Anheuser-Busch company in more than 40 legal disputes and a further more than 70 administrative proceedings currently before patent offices throughout the world." It is noted that Budvar currently uses logos of "Budejovicky Budvar", "Budweiser Budvar", and "Bud" with reference to is numerous beer types.

International Herald Tribune News Article: LINK
Portuguese Patent and Trademark Website (English version): LINK
Budweiser Budvar Website: LINK
Budweiser Budvar Trademarks Website: LINK

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