Kyodo News reports that Japanese manufacturers are planning united action against Chinese companies making fake car parts that infringe copyright.

The news agency reports that it was told that twelve instances of copyright infringement involving Japanese make car parts have been discovered this year. The parts reportedly carry fake names from a number of Japanese carmakers including Toyota and Nissan.

Last month it emerged that Volkswagen had been in a parts dispute with its Chinese joint venture partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) over original Volkswagen parts turning up in a model produced by a rival Chinese carmaker, SAIC Chery Automobile, that is part owned by SAIC. The resolution of that dispute involves the local manufacture of the parts concerned – in effect copies without VW branding.

Talk of a ‘counterfeiting culture’ and intellectual property abuse abounds in China across many industries, including automotive.

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