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Heineken announces settlement of patent litigation relating to home beer draught system


Amsterdam, 9 January 2007 - Heineken N.V. announced today that Heineken, Philips and InBev have resolved their ongoing patent litigation concerning the home beer draught system of Philips and InBev.

Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. The differences have been resolved in a mutually acceptable manner and as a result, all pending litigations between the parties have been stopped with immediate effect.

Heineken N.V. is the most international brewer in the world. The Heineken brand is sold in almost every country in the world and the company owns over 115 breweries in more than 65 countries. With group beer volume of 119 million hectolitres Heineken ranks fourth in the world beer market by volume. Heineken strives for an excellent sustainable financial performance through marketing a portfolio of strong local and international brands with the emphasis on the Heineken brand, through a carefully selected combination of broad and segment leadership positions and through a continuous focus on cost control. In 2005, revenues amounted to €11 billion and net profit before exceptional items and amortisation of brands amounted to €840 million. Heineken employs 64,000 people. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares are listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIN NA and HEIO NA and on the Reuter Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEHN.AS. Additional information is available on Heineken’s home page: http//


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