Audi files lawsuit against Chinese EV maker Nio over trademark rights

Jessica Thompson

BERLIN — Audi has filed a lawsuit in a Munich court against Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio over an alleged infringement of the Volkswagen Group subsidiary’s trademark rights, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Audi believes that Nio’s decision to name two of its models ES6 and ES8 infringes on Audi’s trademark for its S6 and S8 model designations, Handelsblatt reported.

A Nio spokesperson declined to comment.

A spokesperson for Audi was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

Nio, a premium brand that so far has made most of its sales in China, entered the Norwegian market in May last year and plans to launch in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark before the end of the year.

The company started sales in Norway with the ES8 model but has said it plans to launch in Germany with the ET7 electric sedan.

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