Chinese Car Wars

Carmaker Land Rover (which India’s Tata acquired from Ford) is suing Chinese carmaker Geely of Hangzhou (which acquired Volvo from Ford) for registering its Chinese characters “Lu Hu” in China. Land Rover says it used the characters for its “Land Rover” brand since the early 1990s. In 1999 Geely registered the “Lu Hu” trademark knowing […]

Is It a Plane? Is It a Bird? No It is the Bleagle! Made in China

Stan Abrams of the China Hearsay (which has been totally upgraded) reports straing from the INTA in Boston about … Geely’s Gleagle. Mr Abrams is giving his always entertaining thoughts about trademarks that consist of made-up words. Read more here.

IPR Challenges in Geely-Ford Talks About Volvo

Keith Naughton and Cathy Chan wrote about the effort of Geely to buy Volvo of Ford jeopardized because of intellectual property rights related challenges, read the Reuters article here. The struggle about IPRs comes in the wake of “the FBI’s Oct. 14 arrest of former Ford engineer Xiang Dong Yu, 47, who was charged with […]

Is There Anything Original To A Geely GE? And What About Huatai?

At the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show the Chinese Geely GE gives its acte de présence. Richard S. Chang wrote: “By all accounts the limo is a shameless (if not slightly shorter in length) knock-off of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.“ Read Chang’s blog for the NYT here. Surprisingly, there is one thing that is original, but for […]