A U.S. regulator stated it’ll review a part of a recommendation made last fall that India’s Mahindra and Mahindra violated the intellectual property rights of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep SUV design.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) Wednesday mentioned it would evaluate an administrative law judge’s preliminary dedication last November that Mahindra’s Roxor off-road utility vehicle infringed the “trade costume” of FCA’s Jeep. The judge advisable the commission bar entry of Mahindra autos or parts that violate and difficulty a cease-and-desist order.
Trade dress consists of the unique traits that make a product stand aside and is generally accepted as recognized with that product by the public. For instance, FCA sees Jeep’s grille and round headlights as distinct to the model.
The commission, which in September 2018 initially launched its investigation, stated Wednesday it’s targeting completion of the inquiry by March 20.
If the ITC recommends a type of remedy, the U.S. Trade Consultant would have 60 days to clear, disapprove or take no action on that determination.
Mahindra, which previously has called FCA’s claims without advantage, on Thursday welcomed the commission’s evaluation.
Mahindra stated it has launched its year 2020 Roxor with what it described as “important styling adjustments” and said it will make additional modifications if the ITC required it.
FCA was unconcerned the commission will reverse the judge’s preliminary suggestion.
The Roxor is modeled in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit, by Mahindra’s North American unit.