by Tamera H. Bennett I have posted here, here and here regarding the ongoing trademark battle between Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar and U.S based Anheuser-Busch (which was bought out by InBev).
The ruling by the EU European Court of Justice sent the case back to the Austrian Court to determine what type of protection the Budvar "Bud" mark covers. The national trademark laws of Austria only extends protection to cover the product of "beer." If Budvar is looking for broader protection of the brewing process/taste, then EU law controls and protection may not be available.
The decision may open the door for AB InBev to import beer into Austria.