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Anybody read this in the paper on sunday? My dad rang and asked had I heard the name BMWcare.. I just bought the day access to sunday times to download it

BMW, which declared €834m profits for the second quarter of this year, has launched a High Court action against an Irish mechanic who specialises in repairing its cars.

The German manufacturer is seeking to gain control of Eddie Ronayne’s website, BMWcare.com, and to obtain a court order preventing him from “passing off” his business as being authorised.

Ronayne, who is expected to fight the case, denies BMW’s claims that he infringed its copyright or is passing himself off as an approved mechanic. “This matter is vital to my ongoing business surviving,” said Ronayne, who is based in Cloonfad, near the Roscommon border with Galway.

Ronayne has owned the website BMWcare.com since 2006 and registered BMWcare as a business name with the Company Registration Office that year. The one-page website says that he provides a “second opinion” and is “independent” and “beholden to no-one”.

The site claims to have saved some drivers “hundreds” in repair costs. Ronayne cites several endorsements from contributors on BMW-owner websites. Although Ronayne has not filed any accounts with the CRO under that name, it is understood he claims to make at most €25,000 a year from the business.

BMW has employed DFMG solicitors of Dublin, who specialise in intellectual property and copyright cases. On Friday the company filed a second High Court action against Maddocks Online, an independent dealership specialising in BMW motorcycles.

BMW said its case against Ronayne concerns alleged trademark infringement because of his use of the BMW name and logo. “BMW and its dealers invest a great deal in training and equipment in order to assure highest quality and service standards. BMW also strives to ensure that the use of the brand is consistent,” said a spokeswoman.

Large companies have a mixed record in legal actions where they have tried to stop other businesses using their logos. In 1999, BMW lost a case when the European Court of Justice found the “honest” use of trade marks by third parties was necessary to preserve undistorted competition.
 

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BMW, which declared €834m profits for the second quarter of this year, has launched a High Court action against an Irish mechanic who specialises in repairing its cars.

The German manufacturer is seeking to gain control of Eddie Ronayne’s website, BMWcare.com, and to obtain a court order preventing him from “passing off” his business as being authorised.

Ronayne, who is expected to fight the case, denies BMW’s claims that he infringed its copyright or is passing himself off as an approved mechanic. “This matter is vital to my ongoing business surviving,” said Ronayne, who is based in Cloonfad, near the Roscommon border with Galway.

Ronayne has owned the website BMWcare.com since 2006 and registered BMWcare as a business name with the Company Registration Office that year. The one-page website says that he provides a “second opinion” and is “independent” and “beholden to no-one”.

The site claims to have saved some drivers “hundreds” in repair costs. Ronayne cites several endorsements from contributors on BMW-owner websites. Although Ronayne has not filed any accounts with the CRO under that name, it is understood he claims to make at most €25,000 a year from the business.

BMW has employed DFMG solicitors of Dublin, who specialise in intellectual property and copyright cases. On Friday the company filed a second High Court action against Maddocks Online, an independent dealership specialising in BMW motorcycles.

BMW said its case against Ronayne concerns alleged trademark infringement because of his use of the BMW name and logo. “BMW and its dealers invest a great deal in training and equipment in order to assure highest quality and service standards. BMW also strives to ensure that the use of the brand is consistent,” said a spokeswoman.

Large companies have a mixed record in legal actions where they have tried to stop other businesses using their logos. In 1999, BMW lost a case when the European Court of Justice found the “honest” use of trade marks by third parties was necessary to preserve undistorted competition.




sounds good,so why so many unhappy customers?if all of them would go to silicitors,BMW would never leave court,other dealers as well.
 

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I would imagine that Eddie will need to change his company name - given that another companies trademarked name makes up part of his. From hearing of prior encounters, BMW may want compensation for any profits he made trading under that name too.

They can be fairly ruthless when it comes to dealing with copyright infringement - I've been on the receiving end before.
 

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I would imagine that Eddie will need to change his company name - given that another companies trademarked name makes up part of his. From hearing of prior encounters, BMW may want compensation for any profits he made trading under that name too.

They can be fairly ruthless when it comes to dealing with copyright infringement - I've been on the receiving end before.
presumably thats why this site doesnt use a BMW logo? Copyright Infringement? Is he a sponsor here or no?
 

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. “BMW and its dealers invest a great deal in training and equipment in order to assure highest quality and service standards.

sounds good,so why so many unhappy customers?if all of them would go to silicitors,BMW would never leave court,other dealers as well.
thats exactly the line i got from that aswell , i dont mean to tar them all with the same brush but any bmw dealership i have left my car with i have been far from happy with the results , i honestly think they have a mainly apprentices working for them , only good for oil changes ( im not slagging apprentices , i used to be one myself so i know what its like )

anyway best of luck Eddie .
 

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Same as the lads who were installing the IKEA kitchens & funiture... you can't use the logo & name in your actual company name without authorisation.... pretty obvious stuff if you ask me.
 

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Same as the lads who were installing the IKEA kitchens & funiture... you can't use the logo & name in your actual company name without authorisation.... pretty obvious stuff if you ask me.
what about this forum it has bmw in the title ???
 

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Why is that? It's relevant isn't it? it was in the Sunday times just gone? It's news, regarding BMW, and regarding a specialist in BMW.
If it was your business and livelihood would you be putting up a link? Sounds like pot stirring if you ask me.
 

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If it was your business and livelihood would you be putting up a link? Sounds like pot stirring if you ask me.
Ha that's absolutely ridiculous- maybe you know this chap- I don't, therefore why would I be interested in pot stirring?? but I know people here have used him- therefore it's relevant.

If a link went up to a story about let's say a building company getting sued- surely you'd have no problem with it.

This was in the news- so I put up a link- how you think it's pot stirring, baffles me!
 

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Ha that's absolutely ridiculous- maybe you know this chap- I don't, therefore why would I be interested in pot stirring?? but I know people here have used him- therefore it's relevant.

If a link went up to a story about let's say a building company getting sued- surely you'd have no problem with it.

This was in the news- so I put up a link- how you think it's pot stirring, baffles me!
If the builder in question posted on here i'd give them a right to a fair trial before potentially damaging his reputation and business. Site sponsor or not. You know well Eddie posts on here, to bring it to everbodys attention is definitely pot stirring. As for your implications that Eddie is a pal and I'm sticking up for him, untrue, I've never even met the guy. But I for one will withhold judgement until after his court case.
 

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If the builder in question posted on here i'd give them a right to a fair trial before potentially damaging his reputation and business. Site sponsor or not. You know well Eddie posts on here, to bring it to everbodys attention is definitely pot stirring. As for your implications that Eddie is a pal and I'm sticking up for him, untrue, I've never even met the guy. But I for one will withhold judgement until after his court case.
I think well agree to disagree on this one Ben!
 
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