China. Just when we thought the People's Republic was finally developing its own unique, interesting design language and was attracting big-name manufacturers to set up design studios, this happens. This is not a Volkswagen Taigun. This is a patent filing from a company known as Jiangsu Lake Motors, and it is a virtual ripoff of the VW that's slated to debut in China around 2016. Yes, a Chinese company is trying to patent someone else's design before it can go on sale.

The profile is nearly a carbon copy of the stylish new mini-CUV, while there's an incremental degree of originality in the front and rear of the car, with ever so slight styling tweaks. According to IndianAutosBlog, Jiangsu Lake came up with a name as original as the car its patenting: "SUV." This is far, far, far from the first time Chinese designers have blatantly stolen the design of a western vehicle, as IAB points out, but so far as we can recall, it's the first time a Chinese brand has attempted to patent the stolen design. Volkswagen should be lawyering up any minute.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 75 Comments
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, they tried to do the same thing with the iPhone 5. They have some sleezy patent trolls.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The usual lame Chinese knockoff.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Copycats never survive long, because their products have no R&D and very little testing. That they can even operate and consistently make money is doubtful, as the management likely has little experience and naively thinks they can make a quick buck. Chinese consumers aren't that stupid. All the popular cars in major cities are from established brands that either have foreign-partner JVs or relatively primitive local products that actually survived the test of time.
      redgpgtp97
      • 1 Year Ago
      The translation of the CEO of ChinaAutomotive at a recent board meeting: Yep copy, yep copy , yep copy....Lol. Why bother with our own original desins. Save dolla!!!
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is pretty common now with Chinese companies even trademarking well known global brands ahead of the real company. When the real owner of a trademark enters the Chinese market they have to spend a lot of money proving that they are the real owner of the brand. The Chinese government can put an end to this in less than a week if it decides to act.
      Gugue
      • 1 Year Ago
      They do it because it save time from the product design until the final product. They find a way to get the 3D projects (already done by a third part which spent time, intelligence and money as well). In some cases it's gonna even worse, some companies can get mould tools of products from GM, VW, Toyota by their chinese partners saving thus the big time for tooling punching moulds, so this way they can jump right for the final tests (if they do it...) and release its cars. That's why there are so many clones, this is nof because they don't have ingenuity or creativity, changing small parts as front fascia or just the front and rear lights it's possible to give a littlle bit of "personality" for the copy. As these companies might don't care about final tests, quality revisions and so on compared to VW, GM, etc... they release its own "work of art" faster. That's a big shame...
      hpfortes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nobody with a working brain will seriously attempt to buy the chinese spec. So, doesn´t matter what this guys try to copy.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      ITs totally different. See on VW, the grill is shorter than the lights. on the China Copy, its the exact opposite!
      Ant
      • 1 Year Ago
      The copy has some major elements like the wheel flares, but otherwise looks like **** compared to the real Tiguan. This is the crappiest copy I've ever seen. I wouldn't even call it a copy.
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ant
        The only person calling it a copyis the author.. Apparently he sees something no one else does.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for them, using the courts to the full advantage... as they were designed.
      Fernando Blanco
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've got news for you... it's not just happening in the auto industry. It's in most industries. The Chinese companies are effective at imitating... and the Chinese government has no desire or impetus to change the system or enforce external patents.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad we switched the US over to first to file.... So things like this cannot happ- wait a second....
        cmac2992
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        those press photos of the tiguan would count as public disclosure/prior art which would make any patent by Jiangsu Lake Motors invalid. (at least in the US)
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cmac2992
          In China it would prove that VW has spies in the Chinese company. The Chinese invented everything just so you know.
    • Load More Comments