Caterham, Aerolab and Force India all claim court victory

Caterham's long-running court battle with Force India over copyright infringement has produced its judgment – with both parties claiming victory.

A Force India statement released on Thursday morning said: 'Team Lotus (now known as Caterham) and Aerolab (were) liable for copyright infringement and using confidential information respectively.

'Some parts created using Force India confidential information were used on the Team Lotus race cars in the early part of the 2010 season.'

The Silverstone team has now referred the judgment to the FIA to see if further sanctions will head Caterham's way.

In 2007, McLaren were fined about �70m for a more serious occasion of taking Ferrari intellectual property in 2007 – now referred to as Spy-gate.


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The sharing of files was judged to have been done as a short cut to producing a wind tunnel model for Team Lotus' new car, while a small number of Force India parts did end up on the Hingham marque's T127.

However, Force India's award of about �21,000 in damages was vastly below the �13m they were seeking during the trial, while the systematic copyright infringement alleged by Force India of Caterham and wind tunnel company Aerolab was judged to be unfounded by Mr Justice Arnold.

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Force India have also been ordered to pay about �700,000 to Aerolab in unpaid bills.

Caterham's Norwich-born technical director Mike Gascoyne, who was a former employee under Force India boss Vijay Mallya before their acrimonious split, was also a focus of Force India's action but found to be without liability.

'Just to put the record straight I was totally cleared of any wrongdoing and all the claims made against me by Force India were dismissed,' tweeted Gascoyne on Thursday.

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