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Car maker wins MG trademark battle

A Chinese manufacturer has won its High Court battle over a famous name in British motoring history.

Judge Sir William Blackburne said the Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) had acquired the rights to the MG trademarks and logos.

He ordered Sports and Racing Europe, based in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, to stop using the famous octagonal logo and name on its MG X POWER supercar.

The judge ruled it was infringing the marks and had no entitlement to them.

He said NAC acquired the rights to the MG trademarks and logos when it bought the assets of the failed MG Rover from administrators in 2005.

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



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