A trademark row between two brewers over which owns the rights to the Budweiser name has been left unresolved after a hearing in Finland.
The legal dispute between Anheuser-Busch and Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar
reached Finland, where EU advocate-general Antonio Tizzano was asked for his recommendations. He said the Czech brewer’s use of the Budweiser Budvar name in Finland might infringe the American trademark Budweiser and confuse consumers.
But he went on to suggest the Czech brewer might have a prior right derived from the beer’s place of origin. The brewing town is called Ceske Budejovice, also known by its German name Budweis.
A-B failed to stop Budvar from using the Bud name in Britain after a Lords ruling last year.