It was one of our greatest hints as to where the Corvette may be headed next; almost two years ago, it was revealed General Motors was locked in a heated IP battle in Australia regarding the Corvette’s emblem.
That battle, which began in 2013, is still ongoing, per a new report from Wheels. It’s long been rumored the C8 Corvette will grace Holden’s lineup as a range-topping super car, as well as switch to a mid-engine configuration. GM has reportedly spent thousands of dollars in a fight against IP Australia, the country’s government body presiding over trademarks.
The issue still remains: IP Australia believes the Corvette’s twin-flag badge infringes on the Red Cross. GM’s trademark application was rejected in 2016 over the matter. The emblem’s misuse is protected through the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, which states the symbol may only be used during times of conflict as a “do not fire upon” marking. The symbol is normally saved for medics, doctors and ambulances.
The latest move by GM comes with a “divisional” application, which effectively tweaks the original trademark application to slightly change what it covers. In the process, this buys more time for GM.
“A divisional application effectively allows the applicant to overcome an objection to the application by excluding some goods or services to which an objection relates thereby allowing the parent application to be registered for goods and/or services to which the objection does not relate,” Nicola Scheepers, a principal at intellectual property law firm Griffith Hack, said.
It’s clear GM wants Corvette in Australia for one reason or another, but our bet is the Corvette team is finally thinking global and wants to grace right-hand drive markets with the brute from Bowling Green, Kentucky.