A Chinese court has ordered a local carmaker to stop selling a Range Rover Evoque in the country. The ruling is a manifestation of justice and a rare victory for foreign companies, leading endlessly intellectual property disputes with local companies, writes Bloomberg.
The Beijing court also ordered Jiangling to immediately stop producing the Landwind X7 after discovering that it copied five unique Evoque features, says Jaguar Land Rover.
The Chaoyang District Court in China also ruled that compensation should be paid to Jaguar Land Rover, the company said without giving a specific amount.
China's attitude towards foreign intellectual property is a fundamental component of trade negotiations with the United States. Jaguar Land Rover, owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Group, accused Jiangling of being a "pizza cop" after Landwind was introduced in 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover said that Friday's ruling is "the first case in support of a foreign automotive company" and will increase confidence in China's investment.
Outsiders, including Honda and Porsche, have complained for a long time that their designs have been copied by Chinese competitors. Honda lost to the country in 2004 after accusing Shuanghuan Auto of copying the CR-V model.
That same year, Honda won a court order to prevent a Chinese company from selling Hongda motorcycles.