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    MG in court

    Post by Windy on Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:50 am


    Nanjing's claim over MG Rover logo

    09 December 2009 at 12:20

    According to Nanjing Automobile, it bought the rights to the MG trademarks and logos when it bought the assets of the firm from administrators.

    It told High Court judge Sir William Blackburne that MG Sports and Racing Europe, based in Tenbury Wells, was using the famous octagonal logo and name on its MG X POWER supercar. Nanjing is now seeking an order to stop the company.

    Iain Purvis QC, who is representing the company, told the judge that Nanjing "have made great strides" in reviving the MG brand in the UK, with the Longbridge plant manufacturing again and a major new car launch planned for next year.

    He added that the British company admitted this was likely to cause confusion but claimed they are entitled to use the mark because they had bought the rights to it from liquidators of the MG Rover Group in 2007.
    Source: http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/motoring-news/post/2009/12/nanjings-claim-over-mg-rover-logo/
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    Post by richardk on Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:28 am

    Windy wrote:

    Nanjing's claim over MG Rover logo

    09 December 2009 at 12:20

    According to Nanjing Automobile, it bought the rights to the MG trademarks and logos when it bought the assets of the firm from administrators.

    It told High Court judge Sir William Blackburne that MG Sports and Racing Europe, based in Tenbury Wells, was using the famous octagonal logo and name on its MG X POWER supercar. Nanjing is now seeking an order to stop the company.

    Iain Purvis QC, who is representing the company, told the judge that Nanjing "have made great strides" in reviving the MG brand in the UK, with the Longbridge plant manufacturing again and a major new car launch planned for next year.

    He added that the British company admitted this was likely to cause confusion but claimed they are entitled to use the mark because they had bought the rights to it from liquidators of the MG Rover Group in 2007.
    Source: [url=http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/motoring-news/post/2009/12/nanjings-claim-over-mg-rover-logo/
    http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/motoring-news/post/2009/12/nanjings-claim-over-mg-rover-logo/[/quote[/url]]

    I'd forgotten all about that and Mr Riley
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    Post by Windy on Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:13 pm

    richardk wrote:I'd forgotten all about that and Mr Riley
    I'd forgotten how terible his website is, clearly using the "MG" brand name and logo though:

    http://www.mg-x-power.com/
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    Post by patpending on Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:41 am

    Has Mr. Riley actually made a single SV? At this rate, the first one he makes will be selling into the next boom!

    (Alternatively, the first one he makes will have a build date 12th of Never!)
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    Post by Windy on Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:04 am

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    Post by patpending on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:02 am

    Windy wrote:Anyone fancy translating some french?

    http://www.leblogauto.com/2010/02/mg-vs-mg-suite-et-fin.html

    Neutral

    L’aventurisme de William Riley n’aura pas été payant. Après avoir été mis en examen pour non-paiement de salaires et vol, voici que sa
    société MG Sports & Racing vient de perdre son bras de fer face au “vrai” MG.Rétour en arrière. Lorsque Rover-MG fit faillite, les Chinois de NAC et SAIC (qui ont ensuite fusionné) n’en ont pas repris tous les actifs. William Riley en profite pour mettre la main sur la branche sportive, MG Sports & Racing et sur un lot de SV plus ou moins terminées.En 2008, il s’installa dans un hangar, à Eardiston et fonda MG
    Sports & Racing
    . Evidemment, MG n’est pas resté les bras croisés.Finalement, la cour suprême a statué que seul MG “tout court” pouvait utiliser la marque et le logo octogonal. A contrario, MG Sports & Racing devra changer de nom et de logo.

    Vu que William Riley a déjà beaucoup d’ennuis financiers et judiciaires, il est peu probable que sa société continue. Tant pis pour les fans de SV.

    Approx (though this translation may be wrong):

    MG vs MG (the vs is not a typo for sv!)

    William Riley's gamble has not paid off. He has been up for non-payment of salaries and theft, and the anti-MG (I'll not say "Evil Robot MG" à la Bill & Ted) has been disarmed (I won't say "pwned") by Real MG.

    When MGR crashed, WR nipped in to buy up MG Sports & Racing (sic - same name as WR company) and a job lot of SVs that were more or less ready.

    In 2008 he set up in a big shed in Eardiston and founded MG Sports & Racing, but MG wasn't sitting idly by.

    Finally the Supreme Court has said that only "short" MG can use the name and the logo so WR has to change.

    What with all the pre-existing legal and financial problems, it is likely to be the end of the road for his company. Too bad for SV fans.


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    Post by Windy on Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:10 am

    patpending wrote:
    pis pour les fans de SV.
    Too bad for SV fans.
    I'd never realised that expression was french Doh
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    Post by Windy on Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:48 am

    And the Chinese version:


    Chinese automobile enterprise in the United Kingdom has won the MG trademark infringement lawsuit


    The reporter has from the Nanjing Automobile Group learned that the British High Court recently ruled, MG trademarks and logos owned by Nanjing Automobile Group, has all rights, and ordered the other British companies to stop using the trademark. This means that Nanjing Auto won the first lawsuit in the United Kingdom, but also this is the first time a domestic automobile enterprises has won a foreign intellectual property lawsuits.

    This case was from 5 years ago. June 6, 2005, Nanjing Auto Group's decision to acquire bankrupt British MG Rover's assets, all of the static. In July 2006 as a whole acquisition of the two sides signed an agreement to acquire the contents of the MG Rover company, including welding line, painting line, assembly line, engine transmission plant production equipment and a research and development center, in addition to suppliers in the hands of All products molds, MG brand and MG-ZR (with a total of Rover 25 platform), MG - ZS (Rover 45 with a total of platform), MG-ZT (Rover 75 with a total of platform), MG-TF four production lines All intellectual property rights.

    MG trademarks are the United Kingdom has more than 80 years-old brand, the acquisition agreement was signed after the NAC addition to some of the equipment back to Nanjing, the reserves located in Birmingham, England's MG Rover Longbridge factory, and in May 2007 to resume production .

    Steam in the South are busy on the restructuring of MG Rover, when there was also fighting the British MG brand idea. According to the United Kingdom, "China Daily" report, January 29, 2007, an Englishman named William Riley established the MG Sports and Racing European companies. The company in April 2008 suddenly announced it has produced the new MG X-Power WR sports car.

    The company claims that they have the right to use the MG logo. They introduced similar sports car with the older, each priced 75000-90000 pounds. The company plans to hire 150-200 people, monthly production 6. But the MG Sports and Racing Europe since the second half of 2008 had been no reproduction of cars, the company owner William Riley has a bunch of lawsuits waiting for him.

    NAC UK companies relevant person in charge, they've been talking about the British manufacturing base, in fact, no formal production line, but this person frequently in the media dissemination of information and confusing concepts, such behavior of the MG brand damage image.

    It is understood, William Riley did not take the initiative on the trademark issues with the NAC to communicate desperation, in September 2008, Nanjing Auto activists began a long history of litigation.

    "We are all for the first time to the British courts, but also a taste of the British legal system is tight, the whole court case lasted a year and a half, this is the car the first time enterprises encounter outside of intellectual property litigation, there is no ready-made experience for reference, We have done a lot of work, the results won, shows that the British law is still very fair. "NAC relevant British company official said. This lawsuit went to the High Court, Southern steam invited the lawyers to appear costly, "as compared with domestic costs is not an order of magnitude." As a rule, the losing party to bear all or most of the expenses.

    February 19, the British High Court judge ruled that Nanjing Auto bought the MG had been in 2005, the trademarks and logos of the right, he ordered the MG Sports and Racing Europe Ltd to stop using the MG logo. According to reports, the court only to determine the question of right or wrong, as to whether or not to pay NAC UK companies related to compensation, but also the need for further trials.
    Source: http://www.ce.cn/xwzx/gnsz/gdxw/201003/01/t20100301_21034791.shtml
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    Post by patpending on Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:59 am

    I've just had a post removed from a BBC board for "not being in English", too! (don't know what it was!)

    I'd have a post count of three on .org if they applied that...and I don't just mean German Corner... Wink


    Windy wrote:
    patpending wrote:
    pis pour les fans de SV.
    Too bad for SV fans.
    I'd never realised that expression was french Doh

    "Tante" means "aunt". (not the same word here). My French teacher used to say "Tant pis - Auntie's been at the sherry again"...*

    as for

    "But the MG Sports and Racing Europe since the second half of 2008 had been no reproduction of cars"

    clearly we aren't talking about the MG S(e)X...

    * ...don't ask what "dandelion" is in French...

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