n Without Prejudice - Opening the door to competition in spare motor parts : intellectual property law

Volume 13, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) recently delivered a landmark ruling on the controversial issue of registered design rights in vehicle replacement parts or 'spare parts' as they are referred to in industry parlance. At the centre of the dispute were four registered designs for a bonnet, a headlight assembly, a grill and front fender for the E46 BMW model known by discerning buyers and drivers as the 3-series.

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