Ruling in Force India in intellectual property case

Press Release

Following the publication of Team Lotus (now Caterham) wind tunnel model pictures in November 2009, Force India F1 Team lodged a complaint with the Criminal Court in Italy and subsequently commenced civil proceedings in the UK High Court, citing concerns in respect of Team Lotus, Aerolab and Mike Gascoyne illegally copying Force India F1 Team design intellectual property accessed from secure files held at Aerolab.

The case was heard at the High Court, London during January 2012 with Mr Justice Arnold finding Team Lotus (now known as Caterham) and Aerolab liable for copyright infringement and using confidential information respectively. Some parts created using Force India confidential information were used on the Team Lotus race cars in the early part of the 2010 season.

The UK High Court judgement, in respect of the illegal copying, will now be referred for the consideration of F1’s governing body, the FIA, whilst the Italian criminal case against Mike Gascoyne, Tony Fernandes and Jean Claude Migeot remains ongoing.

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