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    Featured: Will copyright law stop you from working on your car in the near future?
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    "It gives manufacturers the power to control secondary markets by leveraging the copyright law, if it doesn't include enough of a safety valve." – Kit Walsh Plan on repairing or modifying a car in the garage this weekend? You might want to first consult a copyright lawyer. In a ...

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    Auctions: You can own Cord, the great American car brand
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    Do you fancy yourself an entrepreneur just looking for the chance to hop into the auto industry? Well, there might be a prime opportunity to buy a fabled car brand, though one dead for decades. The trademark, license and manufacturing rights for Cord Automobile are currently on sale from Leake ...

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    Report: Audi trademarks SQ2, SQ4, Q9 and F-Tron nameplates
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    Audi is planning a whole raft of new models for the near future, and now we have further insight into what at least some of those models might be. The German automaker has reportedly filed trademarks for a series of model names, including SQ2, SQ4, Q9 and F-Tron. Following in the footsteps of ...

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    Report: Batmobile lawsuit may have ramifications for customizing industry
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    While George Barris is preparing to sell his original 1966 Batmobile at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, another custom builder is attempting to stave off a copyright lawsuit. Mark Towle has been building Batmobile replicas through his business, Gotham Garage, for years, and ...

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    Report: BMW copyrights 2 Series, X2, M7, M10, etc.
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    BMW looks to be on something of a name-grabbing spree. The German automaker has reportedly trademarked a number of new vehicle names, including 2 Series, X2, M7 and M10 among others. Of course, just because a manufacturer lays claim to a name doesn't mean there's a production model around the ...

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    Are these the patent filings for Volvo's S-Class-fighting S100 flagship?
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    There are luxury automakers, there are mainstream automakers, and then there are those in between. Volvo, we'd argue, is one of those marques that doesn't quite compete in the same market as, say, Mercedes-Benz or Lexus, but that looks as if it's about to change. The Swedish automaker has been ...

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    Report: Audi denied TDI trademark by European court
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    As much as it has with the Quattro brand, Audi (and its parent company Volkswagen) have more recently turned the letters TDI into an emblem of what it stands for as an automaker. Think of those three letters and you could picture no other marque, that's how closely intertwined the two have ...

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    Infiniti reportedly registers JX nameplate for trademark
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    2011 Infiniti M56 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automakers try their darnedest to keep future vehicles secret until they're good and ready to reveal them. But more often than not, something leaks. One of the best sources of future vehicle information turns out to be government ...

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    Chrysler 200C patent drawings leaking out?
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    We may have gotten our first glimpse at what the production version of the Chrysler 200C will look like. Website Noticas Automotivas is reporting that it has managed to get its hands on a slew of patent drawings of the car, and from what we can tell, the new, smaller four-door has stuck fairly ...

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    Total Croc: Porsche suing popular shoe company over naming rights?
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    Porsche AG is known for vigorously defending its intellectual property. It's understandable, as the company has spent more than half a century building its performance-oriented automotive brand around design patents, logos, and the company's familiar vehicle nomenclature. Crocs, Inc., on the other ...

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    That's Rich: Geely reportedly denies copying Rolls-Royce
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    Geely GE – Click above for high-res image gallery
    With gloved white fingers pointing in their direction, Geely Automobile is in full denial of British accusations. The independent Chinese automaker, which rolled out its luxurious GE model bearing more than slight resemblance to the ...

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    Leaked: Nissan 370Z Roadster patent drawings
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    Click above to view the Nissan 370Z Roadster drawings
    We're betting that automakers are getting plenty ticked off at the European Trademark Office, because it seems that bureau has more leaks than a colander. Following leaked drawings of the new Mazda MX-5, Mazda3 and Suzuki Kizashi, the latest ...

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    Mercedes tries to burst Shuanghuan's tiny Bubble, gives up
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    Mercedes decided to sue Shuanghuan Automotive for copyright infringement for its Bubble microcar (called the Noble in China), claiming it was a copy of the smart fortwo. BMW then decided to bring its own case against Shuanghuan, citing the Shuanghuan CEO as a blatant facsimile of the BMW X5 (that's ...

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    BMW loses Clonewars Italian court battle
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    Take a close look at the image. A court in Italy has just ruled that the crossover pictured above, the five-seat CEO built by Shuanghuan Automobile of Shijiazhuang, China, is not a clone of the BMW X5. Um... yeah. The legal battles began when Shuanghuan introduced their "Noble" last year, a ...

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