The British Intellectual Property Office found that the shapes Jaguar Land Rover intended to appropriate were not sufficiently distinctive. A court in London on Monday swept off the table another appeal by lawyers of one of the most important British car manufacturers.
Representatives of Ineos, which caused the dispute, subsequently stated that they were really inspired by the legendary Defender when creating their off-road Grenadier, but they did not aim to copy the car.
The judge then admitted that there may be a certain form for car experts, which, according to him, may not be recognizable to ordinary consumers. Jaguar Land Rover subsequently stated that he was disappointed with the court’s decision.
The Land Rover stopped selling the original Defender in 2016, the new generation continues the legend, but it is a completely new car with a modern design.
The Ineos brand, which Grenadier intends to produce, is owned by businessman and billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, one of the biggest supporters of the so-called Brexit, ie the departure of Great Britain from the European Union.
He is now trying to get suitable premises for the production of off-road. The possibility of buying the Smart factory in Hambach, France, which is owned by Daimler, seems to be the most realistic. If that really happens, nothing will stand in the way of the creation of Grenadier.
Foto: Ineos Automotive
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