SNR Denton and Macfarlanes prepare for Formula 1 branding battle

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  • www.saveteamlotus.com

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  • Lotus cars have NEVER raced in F1, that was Team Lotus, a completely different company.

    Bahar is just trying to pass-off Team Lotus's historic achievements as Lotus cars achievements.

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  • GO TONY!!!!!!!

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  • While I'm not an Intellectual Property Attorney or Solicitor, it would seem that some form of written agreement had to be in place governing the brand name. Unless, the branding ceases like a statute of limitations. As I understand it, both teams are using Renault engines and doing the black gold colors. I do think that there should be an affiliation with Lotus Motor though. Neither team will actually be an extension of the original. Will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

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  • If Dany Bahar is to be believed, this disagreement will not reach court.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12181013
    "I don't think it will be a matter solved by English courts. I think it will be solved before that. But if we have to go the legal way, we will - and our shareholders will support that," he says.
    Lets see what happens

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  • Very much hope 1Malaysia win this dispute as they fully deserve the right to race as the original "Lotus".

    Their new retro JPS Lotus car design is fantastic as well. much better than the Renault.

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  • Actually, the JPS Lotus colour scheme IS the Renault Lotus. The 1Malaysia Lotus was green and yellow last year, a la sixties Team Lotus.
    From what I see the essence is simple. Chapman split Group Lotus (road cars) and Team Lotus (racing cars) way back. Team Lotus ceased racing in 1994. The team and name was then owned by David Hunt. He sold the name to 1Malaysia a couple of months back. So 1Malaysia is the legal successor to Team Lotus - it's a question of whether Team Lotus has retained the IP in that name whilst not racing.

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