Ferrari wins lawsuit over ‘copycat’ design

The Italian supercar manufacturer has won a case against a German tuning house for copying elements of the design of the Ferrari FXX K.

Ferrari has won a case of copyright infringement in Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) against a German tuning house to copy the design of its $ 2.6 million (AUD 3.45 million) FXX K hypercar.

As first reported by Reuters, Ferrari sued Mansory, argues for some elements of the German voting house Syracuse 4XX model was in direct violation of Ferrari’s intellectual property.

That Mansory Siracusa 4XX is based on an existing one Ferrari 488 GTB, but with a body kit designed to make it look like FXX K.

At the heart of the controversy was the V-shaped part of Mansory’s bonnet and front bumper that reflected almost identical elements found on Ferrari’s track-only hypercar.

Ferrari claimed that these elements “distinguish the Ferrari FXX-K from other cars”, and that Mansory’s design on a 488 GTB, a car valued at approx. AUD $ 332,000 when it was new in Europe, it devalued the multi-million dollar Ferrari FXX K.

The Italian company first took the case to the German Federal Court courts.

However, after failing to reach a decision, the case was referred to the European Court of Justice, which said in its findings, handed down on October 28, that it recognizes Ferrari owns the design and rights to the appearance of the Ferrari FXX K and that Mansory’s body kit violates these rights.

The Court’s judgment held that, despite the fact that the design of the FXX K is not registered, any component can be said to have individual design rights if it is “a visible part of the product or the complex product, clearly defined by specific lines, contours, colors. , shapes or texture ”.

While the European Court of Justice ruled in favor of the Italian producer, no terms have been revealed in the judgment. The terms of the judgment have not been reported. Today, the Mansory Siracusa 4XX is still listed on the German company’s website.

Rob Margeit

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