This is an interesting development:
Jaguar Land Rover has won a legal case to prevent a Chinese car brand from selling a copycat vehicle, ending a three-year court battle. In 2016 the UK-based carmaker sued Jiangling Motor Corporation for its Landwind X7 sport utility vehicle, which the company claimed bore extremely similar resemblance to the Range Rover Evoque. On Friday the Beijing Chaoyang District Court ruled that five major features of the car were copied, and ordered Jiangling to cease production, sales and marketing of the vehicle.
Several international carmakers have complained about local brands copying their designs, but the case is the first time that a Chinese court has ruled in favour of an overseas manufacturer over a Chinese carmaker.
For all the talk about China taking over the world in terms of technology, while their progress is based largely on ripping off other people’s designs to produce versions of inferior quality it’s difficult to see how. If China does start to innovate, one of the biggest problems they’ll face is stopping others copying their intellectual property as they have done. Perhaps this latest ruling is a sign the Chinese are becoming aware of this, but I expect they’re going to find abandoning that business model is a lot harder than adopting it.