The court did recognize the right of Komenda's daughter to bring the lawsuit as Erwin Komenda had clearly been an employee of Porsche and involved in the development of the Beetle. But a couple of things led the court to side with Volkswagen. The drawings Komenda's daughter brought forward were deemed not to be unique enough to have proven it was entirely his design. The court cited other similar cars including the Tatra V570 and Mercedes-Benz Type 130 as having been similar inspiration for the Beetle design. Additionally, Komenda's daughter could not prove that her father had helped put together the final proposal and presentation for the original KdF-wagen Beetle.
The court also found that current Beetles are significantly different in design from past models. As such, they should be unaffected by any copyright claims connected to older Beetle designs or other similar designs.