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AB InBev Beer-Keg Import Ban Rescinded After Heineken Settlement

June 3, 2020, 5:49 PM

An order that blocked imports of AB InBev countertop equipment to dispense draft beer was rescinded Wednesday based on a settlement agreement with patent owner and rival Heineken, U.S. International Trade Commission says in notice posted on its website.

  • In March, Heineken had won an order that blocked imports of AB InBev’s systems, including the Nova system used with Stella Artois beer
  • Companies were embroiled in fight over systems designed to create fresh-tapped flavor without the bulk and expense of a draft system
    • Suits were pending in courts and patent agencies in the U.S., the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany...



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