Tesla Settles Trademark Violation Dispute In China “At No Cost To Tesla”

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 7

Screencap of Tuosule (Tesla's China Website) Homepage From December 2013

Screencap of Tuosule (Tesla’s China Website) Homepage From December 2013

Tesla Model S gets Charged In China

Tesla Model S Gets Charged In China

Tesla Motors has officially resolved the long-lasting trademark dispute in China.

According to Automotive News:

“Tesla and Zhan Baosheng, who had registered rights to the carmaker’s name in China before it entered that market, came to an agreement to settle their dispute “completely and amicably,” the carmaker said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. Zhan also will transfer website names he’d registered in China including tesla.cn and teslamotors.cn to the carmaker…”

Tesla claims that this agreement with Baosheng came “at no cost to Tesla,” but we suspect that Baosheng received some form of non-monetary compensation from this agreement.

Per Tesla:

“Mr. Zhan has agreed to have the Chinese authorities complete the process of canceling the Tesla trademarks that he had registered or applied for, at no cost to Tesla.  Collectively, these actions remove any doubt with respect to Tesla’s undisputed rights to its trademarks in China.”

Automotive News reports that this settlement between Tesla and Baosheng was first announced in a statement by the Beijing Third Intermediate Court.

Source: Automotive News

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7 responses to "Tesla Settles Trademark Violation Dispute In China “At No Cost To Tesla”"

  1. MDEV says:

    I guess he will get a brand new P85 as a thank you…… 🙂

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      And/or some stock options.

  2. ffbj says:

    Probably some cool swag, Tesla jackets hats and such.

  3. mrenergyczar says:

    A new Model S with a frunk full of cash…

  4. Mike I says:

    I think there is some ambiguity in the wording of the statements from Tesla. Clearly the Trademark was cancelled at no cost to Tesla, but it is less clear whether Tesla is paying for the Domain Names.

  5. kdawg says:

    “Your family is in a safe place now.”

  6. Aaron says:

    “Authorities found Mr. Zhan lying in a pool of blood outside his apartment in Shanghai. While still not confirmed, the autopsy revealed a bullet lodged in his skull with what appeared to be a tiny ‘T’ logo engraved onto it.”