Anheuser-Busch, the US brewing giant, has won another victory in its battle with Czech rival Budejovicky Budvar over the rights to the Budweiser and Bud trademarks.
The victory - in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan - comes just two weeks after an earlier victory by Budvar, this time in South Korea.
Budvar claims the rights to the Budweiser and Bud names because it is the only brewer to make its beer in the town of Budweis (modern day Ceske Budejovice), after which the brew is named. A-B, however, was the first to register the trademark worldwide.
The Tajik Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the Czech brewer's trademark registration for the Bud name, according to A-B. In September, Anheuser-Busch successfully defeated Budvar's effort to assert the rights to the name Bud as an appellation of origin in Tajikistan.
"We are pleased with the Tajikistan Patent and Trademark Office's ruling," said Stephen J. Burrows, president and chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch International. "With this decision, Anheuser-Busch now has the rights to the Bud name in virtually every country in the former Soviet Union. We will continue to fight any infringements on our trademarks throughout the world."
Anheuser-Busch has reported victories against Budvar in Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Nigeria, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden in recent months, while Budvar was victorious in Austria, Taiwan and Japan, as well as at an EU-wide level.