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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Aston Martin sues former designer for trademark infringement, settles

Another report from World Intellectual Property Review:  Aston Martin sued Henrik Fisker, who worked for them as design director from 2001 to 2004, over his projected Thunderbolt car which had so many features that Aston thought similar to theirs that it would infringe its intellectual property rights. These included the 'wings' logo and the design of a grille and side vent.
Fisker allegedly approached the company in November last year about collaborating on the project, but the manufacturer turned him down.However, he proceeded to show a prototype at the Florida-based car show Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, on 14 March, which resulted in the proceedings being issued.
Now a press release announces:
The parties are pleased to report that they have been able to swiftly and amicably resolve their differences.
The terms of the resolution are confidential except that the Parties wish to confirm 3 points:
1. Henrik Fisker has decided that "Project Thunderbolt" will not be produced;
2. Aston Martin will withdraw the lawsuit; and
3. In view of some apparent misunderstandings surrounding reports of the case, the Parties wish to expressly confirm that the contentions made by AML were those, and only those, made in the lawsuit. The Parties confirm that that they have amicably resolved those matters, as well as any attendant misunderstandings.
The Parties will not be commenting further.

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