Havel & Partners has advised Skoda Auto in resolving disputes over the use of the Skoda sign with engineering companies from the Skoda Group.
"The long-standing disputes with the Skoda Group’s engineering companies, which are part of the PPF Group, ended with an agreement among all parties on the transfer of rights in the Skoda trademarks," Havel & Partners informed.
According to the firm, "the agreement removes the conflicts regarding the use of the Skoda sign by several companies that have lasted for many years. Under the agreement, Skoda Auto becomes the owner of the Skoda trademarks worldwide, which is a significant step that builds on the brand’s rich history and is also important for the company’s future development in both domestic and global markets."
Volkswagen Group company Skoda Auto is a Czech vehicle manufacturer that employs 45,000 people.
The PPF Group owns engineering companies belonging to the Skoda Group. The group manufactures low-floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban train units, metro sets, electric buses, and trolleybuses, as well as control and drive systems for transportation systems.
The Havel & Partners team included Partners Jan Sturm, Ivan Rames, and Jan Koval, Senior Associates Juraj Dubovsky, Radek Riedl, and Tereza Hrabakova, and Associate Josef Bouchal.