Automakers Settle Dispute Over Letter Q Out Of Court

By Marius Meland (November 7, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A district court will no longer need to weigh in on who has the rights to the letter Q, as automakers Nissan and Audi have settled their trademark dispute over the letter out of court.

The two companies settled the case last week, causing it to be dismissed after several months of litigation. The terms of the settlement were not made public.

Nissan filed the suit in March, claiming that consumers associate its products with the letter Q, and that Audi's use of the letter would cause confusion.

According to the complaint, "Audi AG has used the Q7 mark in commerce...

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