Group Lotus gets the rights to use Lotus name in Formula 1

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 29, 2011

The High Court had handed down its ruling on the dispute related to the use of the Lotus name in Formula One. Two months after the case was heard, Mr Justice Peter Smith favored Group Lotus over Team Lotus.

He ruled that the right to compete in F1 under the Lotus Racing banner belonged to Group Lotus, through its sponsorship of the Renault team. The court ordered Team Lotus parent 1Malaysia Racing Team (1MRT) to award damages.

Mr Justice Peter Smith also said that only Group Lotus has the right to use the historic black-and-gold livery for F1. However, the judge gave a confusing ruling, stating that Team Lotus retained the right to race in Formula One under its existing name. Group Lotus will be appealing to clarify the use of the Lotus brand in Formula 1.

Group Lotus said in a statement that the company and its shareholder Proton Holding Bhd are “confident of success on appeal." The court also cancelled 1MRT's trademarks for the Team Lotus name because of non-use.

1MRT was ordered to pay damages to Group Lotus for breaching a licensing agreement for it to use the Lotus Racing name in F1. It was confirmed as well that Group Lotus has the right to continue to use the Lotus name on road cars.

Topics: lotus, formula 1

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