Anheuser-Busch acquires rights to Czech brewer’s BUDWEISER marks

Leading global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, the owner of the US trademark BUDWEISER, has acquired the rights to the BUDWEISER trademarks held by Czech brewery Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar (BMP).
BMP and the 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 over the rights to the BUDWEISER mark. Budejovicky Budvar owns rights to the mark in most European countries, in which 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 stated for the beverage industry news and information portal on January 12 2012, 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 acquired from BMP and the number of European countries affected by this deal have not been disclosed.
Anheuser-Busch claimed that this development is unrelated to Budejovicky Budvar and concerns only BMP’s Budweiser IP rights.
Aleksandra Pavlovic, PETOŠEVIC, Skopje  

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