Friday, October 23, 2009

IPR/Espionage Ping-Pong Case: Fiat Sues Great Wall, Great Wall Sues Fiat

Fiat sued Great Wall, because it alleges that the Great Wall Peri infringes the intellectal property rights of the FIAT Panda. After this Great Wall sued FIAT at the Shijiazhuang People's Court, based on "evidence" provided by FIAT to the court that they made photo's of production facilities.

Fiat suspected Great Wall to have infringed its Panda's IPRs (ping), so it made photo's of Great Wall Peri's production facilities, so Great Wall sued Fiat for espionage (pong). Is this how it went? Is this how it continues? Ping-pong, ping-pong.

Read the China Briefing article here, or at the Financial Times, via the site of Autonews Gasgoo, here.

Comment of the week:
IP Dragon's friend Richard Osinga (writer and digital entrepreneur) wrote: "I guess the Chinese don't like it if an Italian car manufacturer calls its model Panda."

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