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India forcing Lotus to court

F1: Force India's legal dispute with Team Lotus regarding intellectual property rights is to head to the British High Court early next year.

Force India claim that Italian aerodynamic firm Aerolab "may have" disclosed intellectual property to 1 Malaysia Racing Team, parent company of Team Lotus. On this basis, in August 2009 Force India immediately severed the contract agreement it had with Aerolab due to what they describe as "a breach of confidentiality".

That resulted in Aerolab starting civil proceedings in Italy and in the United Kingdom against Force India. Force India, however, believe their intellectual property was used in the design of last season's debut-making Lotus Racing challenger, the T127. The High Court will now sit on January 16 to hear Force India's claim.