Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV misplaced its renewed bid to dam Mahindra & Mahindra from promoting the redesigned Roxor off-road automobile within the U.S. after claiming the Indian automaker copied the design of its Jeep.
The Eastern District Court of Michigan on July 19 dominated that Mahindra Automotive North America can maintain producing, promoting and distributing the post-2020 model of Roxor, the Mumbai-based firm mentioned in an trade submitting late Thursday.
The court docket denied Fiat’s request to use the “safe distance rule” on Roxor.
The authorized spat started after Fiat complained Roxor is a “nearly identical copy” of the Jeep, with some design components akin to “boxy body shape with flat-appearing vertical sides and rear body ending at about the same height as the hood.”
In June 2020, the International Trade Commission mentioned that whereas the Roxor doesn’t violate Fiat’s logos, it infringes the commerce gown — a product’s look that distinguishes its supply to shoppers — and advisable prohibiting the import and sale of Roxor components, in keeping with the submitting.
Mahindra contended that Roxor’s 2018 and 2019 fashions — topic to the authorized motion — have been not in manufacturing and the 2020 model had a recent look with additional design modifications deliberate.
In December that 12 months, the ITC mentioned that the post-2020 Roxor doesn’t infringe on the Jeep commerce gown, modifying its earlier order to exempt the redesigned Roxor from an import ban.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group merged in 2021 to kind the automaking group Stellantis.