Suzuki Settles Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Design Vs. Chinese Companies

Law360, New York (September 21, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor has reached a settlement with the Chinese companies accused of ripping off its designs.

Suzuki sued Jiangsu Xinling Motorcycle Co. Ltd. and an unidentified Chinese motorcycle dealer in late 2003, the Japanese company said in a statement.

According to the lawsuit, Jiangsu Xinling's motorcycles looked almost identical to Suzuki's EN125 motorcycles manufactured by Dachangjiang Group in southern Guangdong province.

Under the settlement, Jiangsu Xinling is to pay Suzuki compensation and place a newspaper advertisement to apologize for copying the design. Suzuki declined...
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