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    Report: GM trademarks Riviera name
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    Autoblog reader Ed sent us this screen shot from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, showing that General Motors has apparently trademarked the name Riviera for use on automobiles. It's no secret that the Riviera name resonates well with anyone familiar with Buick's history, and since ...

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    Report: Eric Clapton's one-off Ferrari revealed in patent drawings
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    You'd expect someone with a nickname like "hotshoe" or "leadfoot" to be behind the wheel of a Ferrari. "Slowhand" less so, but that's the nickname of one Eric Clapton, who in addition to being one of the most highly acclaimed rock and blues guitarists of all time also happens to be a huge nut for ...

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    Report: Infiniti files for G35h, G30t and G22d trademarks
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    Infiniti's rival to the BMW 3 Series is known by just one letter – that letter, of course, being G – but the range is expanding beyond the solitary G35 that had been the mainstay of the line for years. The G35 was succeeded by the G37 (pictured above) and recently supplemented by 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: Lamborghini sues Vegas restaurant and exotic car dealer for trademark infringement
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    Does the logo at right remind you of anything? If you answered "Lamborghini", you're both right and wrong. Because it's not the Bolognese automaker's logo. Nor is it the emblem of the Tonino Lamborghini product design company, which is in fact no longer directly associated with the sportscar ...

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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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    Report: Chrysler legal bid to halt 'Imported From Detroit' merchandise sales falls short
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    Automotive News is reporting that Chrysler has failed to stop a clothing manufacturer from selling "Imported from Detroit" apparel on the grounds of trademark infringement. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow ruled in favor of Pure Detroit, saying that the automaker's request failed to show that the ...

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    Pair of Giugiaro Volkswagen concepts leak out ahead of Geneva debut
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    Volkswagen Italdesign concepts – Click either image for high-res gallery
    Giorgetto Giuigiaro and his Italdesign studio have a long history of collaboration with the Volkswagen Group. In addition to having designed the original Golf and Scirocco, Guigiaro has penned a whole slew of ...

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    Chevrolet Cruze hatchback design submitted for trademark
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    Chevrolet Cruze hatchback design drawings – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Most cars never look quite as cool as their conceptual and pre-production versions, and it would appear that the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will be no exception. Carscoop was able to get its hands on design ...

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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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    Toyota FT-86 to be called FR-S when it reaches production?
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    Toyota FT-86 Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's been awhile since we've heard anything on the tasty little Toyota FT-86 Concept, but it looks like we may finally have an idea of what the car will be called when it hits showrooms. If the rumors buzzing around the Toyobaru ...

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    Report: BMW sues amusement park over Mini coaster
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    BMW gave us the Mini Cooper, Mini Convertible and Mini Clubman. We've also seen the Mini Countryman, Mini Coupé and Mini Roadster. Well, how about a Mini roller coaster? According to The Sun News, Freestyle Music Park of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is operating a roller coaster with ...

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    Environmental group sues Honda for "Save The Earth" trademark infringement
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    All Honda wanted to do was save the Earth, one gallon of gasoline at a time. It turns out, though, that in the act of saving said Earth, the Japanese automaker stepped on a few toes – namely, those of Save the Earth Enterprises, an environmental group based in the United States. See where ...

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    Bugatti trademarks 16C Galibier shape, production decision coming soon?
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    Bugatti Galibier concept - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The question of whether or not Volkswagen will decide to put the Bugatti 16C Galibier into production is still unanswered. While we've heard rumors that the German automaker was leaning towards the affirmative, the green light has ...

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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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    Spy Shots: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabrio leaks out courtesy EU bureaucracy
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    2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible trademark filing images – Click above for image gallery
    There are few people in this world for whom we hold more contempt than European bureaucrats. They're the pencil-pushers that, if they had their way, would put an end to some of our favorite exotic ...

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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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    Ford anti-squatting efforts out of control?
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    In an effort to better protect the Mustang name, Ford Motor Company has taken to prosecuting companies with names incorporating a Ford trademark, including Mustang and nicknames like Stang and Pony. According to Mustang Monthly, companies that violate the rules are being presented with a letter ...

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