Lotus – A Divided Operation

By Jon Walters

By Ben Rees. The Lotus story is a complicated one. Colin Chapman began the Lotus brand and raced in the 1950s under the Team Lotus name. In the late 1950s and early 1960s different corporate entities were established; Lotus Cars Ltd, to run the road car operation, and Team Lotus Limited, to run the racing operation. In effect, the claims and counterclaims heard in this dispute, which predominantly relate to passing off and trade mark infringement, can be dated back to the formation of the two companies.

 

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Jon Walters

Jon Walters

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Jon provides commercial and corporate advice to clients. He is recognised by the directories as a “real go-to adviser” and a “commercial and regulatory expert”, with particular expertise on governance, corporate advice and commercial rights.

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