Volkswagen AG is concerned about a possible unauthorized use of some of its patents by Chinese joint venture partner FAW and will protect its patents rigorously, CEO Martin Winterkorn told German newspaper Handelsblatt.
"If there are open questions on patents, then we will discuss those with our partner and certainly not accept this," the German newspaper quoted Winterkorn as saying in an interview published earlier today. "We will protect our intellectual property with all rigour, also in China."
"The FAW factories concerned are located in Changchun," the CEO said. "We're looking at this very closely and will examine things on site," said Winterkorn who is visiting China as part of a German delegation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.