News Summary: Fight for Budweiser name hits snag

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2012 2:02 PM

BEER BATTLE: A small brewer in the Czech Republic and the world's biggest beer maker have been suing each other over the right to put the word Budweiser on their bottles in what has become a David versus Goliath corporate saga.

LONGER WAIT: Settlement talks between state-owned Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch, a U.S. company now part of AB InBev, have collapsed, according to a Budvar official.

WHY IT MATTERS: The dispute is over exclusive rights to use the Budweiser name in any given country. As a larger company, AB InBev is particularly keen to expand its exports and market its beers under the Budweiser brand.