Report: Marussia claims Manor used trademark infringement last year

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The saga over what’s in a name – the team now entered to the FIA for 2016 under the company name of Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited and with the team name of Manor Racing MRT – has cropped up again.

An Autosport report indicates Marussia – which is not a part of either the company or team name this year – claimed Manor Grand Prix Racing used the Marussia name for its team and chassis past a date it was allowed to, December 31, 2014, per a prior license agreement.

While the claim is in play, Manor has defended the right to use the Marussia word on five grounds.

A Manor spokesperson told Autosport in a statement that Marussia’s claims are “speculative.”

Last year, according to the official FIA website, the company name was still Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited, but the team name was Manor Marussia F1 Team and the chassis Marussia, with the MR03 chassis nomenclature.

Marussia went into administration at the end of 2014, and was saved by fresh investment in 2015, with the Manor name added to the team name portion of the entry.

After a falling out with primary investor Stephen Fitzpatrick, John Booth and Graeme Lowdon left the Manor F1 team only to launch the Manor WEC effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season, with two Oreca 05 Nissans.

On the bright side, at least there’s no Lotus/Caterham name or entity disagreement contained within this Manor/Marussia claim?