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BMW loses court battle to chinese X5 clone

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BMW recently tried to sue China for the copying of the X-5 but China dropped the case stating they were not the same. Recently watching an episode of top gear brought all of this to my attention and it was interesting because of different international laws various countries have such as China versus Germany or the U.S.This is a response to China’s failed attempt at communism in which they are trying to recover from years of oppression and poverty and is known as a “get rich quick scheme”.  China has laws against stolen intellectual property, but is very lax in enforcing the policies, because it makes them more money and they know foreign companies cannot do anything about it.


  1. clara

    I have seen the Chinese copy tons of other things before and car is not an exception. But they only sell those stuff inside China. This time they are actually bringing the clones to sell in the original country and do not get any penalties for the action. Also cars made in China do not have dependable quality to be honest (even people in my country refuse to purchase Chinese scooters and cars, despite the cheap price). I don’t understand how the court could reject such a case.

    May 12, 2013
  2. kuveke

    What is a luxury car if its quality is poor? Sure cheap cars have a lot of draw on the lower end of the market but I think I’d rather find a car with the same price as the Chinese copy from a reputable car manufacturer. The car itself might not have as much flare but I’m sure it would be much more reliable . Finally I have to be careful with saying cheap because the Chinese copy’s base price is about $37,500.

    May 12, 2013
  3. Beijing struggles to exert its authority over provincial and large city governments. That includes courts. So while China acceded to the IPR [intellectual property right] strictures when it joined the WTO, enforcement is spotty [but improving].
    As Paul and Clara noted, exterior styling does not a car make. Chinese consumers also know the difference between counterfeits and the real thing. Now when the factory making the real thing is inside China, well, the logistics chain can be leaky, with the connivance of the factory, which may produce more handbags or whatever than they tell their foreign partners. That’s not what’s happening with cars, and Chinese consumers aren’t buying: cars made by joint ventures (GM and VW are the leaders) account for 75% of sales.
    May 14, 2013

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