GM, Ford Near TM Deal Over Self-Driving Car Brand

By Melissa Angell (October 4, 2021, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday dismissed General Motors LLC's trademark infringement lawsuit accusing Ford Motor Co. of brazenly co-opting the brand of GM's self-driving car unit, Cruise, after the automakers shared that they are in the process of settling the dispute.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston axed the case without prejudice in a one-page order, although the case's dismissal is conditional upon settlement. If the parties don't reach a settlement within 60 days of the order, the judge wrote that she would vacate Friday's decision and allow the case to continue for further proceedings.

The judge's order arrived the same...

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