Court rules against Heineken sued Romania-based craft brewer for using similar name

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A small beer manufacturer in Romania has won a lawsuit against Heineken, which sued it for using a brand name it says it is too similar to a local brew it produces.

The court in the city of Suceava on Wednesday struck down Heineken's lawsuit for infringement of property rights and unfair business practices. Thursday's ruling is final.

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The Dutch multinational company has since 2003 produced "Ciuc Premium" in a Romanian region dominated by ethnic Hungarians and with a long history of brewing.

In November, Lixid Product began manufacturing a craft beer in the same region with a label calling it the "real beer" from the region. Heineken sued.

Gabor Hajdu, a company representative, praised the ruling. "Our beer is different, the label is different and so is the taste."