After four long years of legal battles, General Motors has been awarded the right to use the iconic Chevrolet Corvette badge in Australia, according to a new report from Wheels.
IP Australia, the government agency that oversees trademarks in the country, has finally given the U.S. automaker the OK to use the Corvette logo—two flags with a checkered pattern on one and a stylized Chevrolet bowtie on the other—for reasons not yet disclosed at this time. All we know is GM really wanted to make sure it was allowed to use the emblem down under.
GM’s application to use the Corvette badge was rejected outright after IP Australia claimed the emblem infringed on the Red Cross. The misuse of the Red Cross is protected under the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, which states the emblem may only be used during times of war or conflict as a “do not fire upon” marking. Traditionally, the badge has been used by hospitals, doctors, ambulances and other medical personnel.
Despite the win for GM, there’s a catch. “It is a condition of registration that, in use, the cross device contained within the trademark will be rendered in colors other than red on a white or silver background, or white or silver on a red background,” IP Australia said.
This means the Corvette badge will need to be tweaked ever so slightly if and when the car makes its way to Australia. However, it’s all but certain the C8 Corvette will be offered in Australia. GM has also moved to trademark the “Zora” name in Australia—a nod to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the patriarch of the Corvette.