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Honda patent suit against Great Wall goes to trial
2019-07-01 08:33:25
A patent infringement lawsuit Honda Motor Co. filed against China’s largest light-truck maker, Great Wall Motor Co., in 2018 went to trial this week in Beijing. During the first day of the trial in Beijing Intellectual Property Court, Honda claimed Great Wall’s upgraded Haval H6 crossover violates its patents for vehicle rear door structure and installation structures for vehicle decorations. Honda demands that Great Wall pay 20 million yuan ($2.9 million) for losses resulting from the patent infringement. Great Wall rejected the allegations on the grounds that the technical solutions adopted by the Haval H6, its top-selling model, do not fall within the scope of protection of Honda’s patents. It also argues that the compensation Honda is seeking is too high, according to the court. The court plans more hearings on the case. The lawsuit is the second heard this year by a Chinese court in which a foreign automaker has accused a Chinese peer of patent infringement. In March, the Beijing Chaoyang District Court ordered Jiangling Holdings to immediately stop the sale, manufacture and marketing of its Landwind X7 SUV for copying features of Jaguar Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque. The court also ordered Jiangling Holdings to compensate Jaguar Land Rover for creating confusion among car shoppers -- the two vehicles have a similar shape, and nearly identical taillights and character lines on the side paneling. 2.GAC targets more emerging markets after setback in U.S. Automotive News China | 2019/6/28 GAC Motor Co. will target sales in emerging markets after shelving plans to sell vehicles in North America because of concerns over the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States. GAC, as part of plans to enter North America markets, repeatedly participated in the Detroit auto show in recent years. But due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods, including light vehicles, the company has suspended a plan to distribute vehicles in the U.S., Chairman Zeng Qinghong said at GAC’s annual shareholder meeting in May. “GAC Motor is committed to realizing a global brand presence and has strengthened efforts to expand international partnerships worldwide,” Yu Jun, President of GAC Motor, said in a statement this week. In May, the company opened four dealerships in Ecuador. It established a wholly-owned subsidiary in Russia in April and expects to launch sales of the GS8 crossover there later this year. GAC has also launched marketing activities in Southeast Asia. In the past few weeks, it sponsored a 12-hour endurance race in the Philippines and the 2019 Miss Universe Myanmar beauty pageant. Last month, it opened a subsidiary in Hong Kong to work with local financial institutions to offer floorplan financing for dealers outside China and provide loans for overseas buyers.
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