Chinese car maker wins MG trademark battle

A Chinese manufacturer won its British High Court battle today over one of the most famous names in British motoring history.

A Chinese manufacturer won its British High Court battle today over one of the most famous names in British motoring history.

Judge William Blackburne said the Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) acquired the rights to the MG trademarks and logos when it bought the assets of the failed MG Rover from administrators in 2005.

He ordered a company in Worcestershire to stop using the famous octagonal logo and name on its MG X POWER supercar.

The judge ruled that Sports and Racing Europe, based in Tenbury Wells, was infringing the marks and had no entitlement to them.

He rejected argument by the British company that the trademark rights for its car had never been acquired by NAC.

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