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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Lotus Name Still in Dispute

On January 24th 2011, Judge Peter Smith declined to grant Group Lotus (2011 Renault title sponsors) summary judgement against 1Malaysia Racing team (the 2010 Lotus Team).

Group Lotus acquired an equity stake in the Renault F1 Team in December 2010 and intends to race as Lotus Renault GP.  1Malaysia Racing Team plans to race as Team Lotus, (Colin Chapman's historic F1 team name) with the permission of Team Lotus Ventures.  TLV claim to hold a number of trade mark registrations but Group Lotus challenges TLV's rights to use the name.

The link below gives some of the history of the application for further reading by those interested.

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