In what many viewed as a surprising move, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) took the makers of a replica C-Types business to court over alleged copyright infringement…
In what many viewed as a surprising move, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) recently took the makers of a replica C-Type business to court over alleged copyright infringement. The verdict is in and JLR have won. The landmark ruling gives the British brand total protection over its classic C-type racing car.
The case was brought in the High Court in Sweden and the Intellectual Property Division of the High Court ruled in JLR’s favour. The judges agreed with JLR’s claim that the copyright of the external shape of the Jaguar C-type, originally designed by Malcom Sayer, was infringed by a replica looky-likey car built by the defendants.
This is in marked contrast to the last copyright case JLR pursued. In 2020, JLR, claimed the industrial giant Ineos had no right to build its new Grenadier which is based on JLR’s Defender. JLR lost that case.
Amanda Beaton, of JLR’s legal team commented, ‘Protecting our intellectual property is something that we take very seriously.’
This may well send shivers through the replica car builder community.
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