Nissan Sues Audi Over "Q" Trademark For SUVs

Law360 (March 26, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japanese car maker Nissan has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Audi AG over the German rival’s planned use of the letter “Q” for a new line of sports utility vehicles.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Michigan, seeks to bar Audi from using any names that could infringe on Nissan's right over the letter “Q,” according to Nissan North America.

Nissan is also seeking damages from Audi, a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, and reimbursement for legal costs. Nissan officials would not specify the damages sought.

In its complaint, Nissan’s lawsuit argues that consumers associate...

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