- fed Cirque rejects Mahindra’s argument against Jeep trademark rights.
- The court also approved the sale of Mahindra Roxas after 2020.
(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday rejected Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd’s bid to lift an import ban secured by Fiat Chrysler on some of Mahindra’s Roxas off-road vehicles.
The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to uphold the International Trade Commission’s ban without comment comes just two days after oral arguments in the case.
Mahindra’s appeal challenged the ITC’s finding that its pre-2020 Roxors infringed Fiat Chrysler’s trademark rights and caused consumer confusion with its Jeep Wrangler. His lawyers told a skeptical three-judge panel that the Wrangler’s design was not entitled to trademark protection because it was based on an unsafe design from a World War II-era military vehicle.
The brief Federal Circuit decision also upheld the ITC’s decision to allow Mahindra to continue selling redesigned Roxor vehicles after 2020, which the commission said was sufficient to avoid confusion with Fiat Chrysler vehicles. were different.
Fiat Chrysler, now part of Amsterdam-based Stellenbosch, has separately challenged the Detroit federal court decision in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is still pending.
A Mahindra spokesperson said in a statement that the decision is “an important decision in favor of consumers.”
Fiat Chrysler and its lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The cases Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. v. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 20-2173 and FCA US LLC v. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. There are 21. -1687.
For Mahindra: Dimitrios Drivas of White & Case
For Fiat Chrysler: Frank Cimino of Venable
(Note: This story has been updated with comments from Mahindra.)
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