Motor announced Wednesday that it plans to sue China's State Intellectual Property Office, which recently
canceled patent protection for Honda's new CR-V
. The government agency maintains that the design of the new model is
too similar to the company's first CR-V, which was launched in 1995. China has a poor track record of protecting
intellectual property rights across a broad spectrum of industries.
Honda manufactures the CR-V in China
through a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group.
Honda has been down this path before - in 2003 the
company won a similar dispute in China over a motor scooter patent.
China is a member state of the World Intellectual Property Organization