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Lotus trade marks – who’s the winner - you decide!

10 June 2011

The English High Court has handed down its judgement in the legendary trade mark dispute between Team Lotus and Group Lotus.

The court decided that Team Lotus owns the goodwill in the Team Lotus name, but that the trade mark has been revoked because it did not use it for a five year period. This means that Team Lotus can still enforce its unregistered rights in the name. The court also found that Team Lotus is entitled to register new trade marks for Team Lotus. Team Lotus was also found not to have infringed the Group Lotus trade marks.

However, Team Lotus could not prevent Group Lotus from racing in Formula 1 using the JPS black and gold livery, and it was found to have breached an earlier licensing agreement entered into with Group Lotus.

Perhaps the proof of the pudding is in the eating – both teams can continue to line up at this season’s Grand Prix with the names and liveries they were using before the judgment!

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Mark Daniels

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