One of Sweden’s leading newspapers SVD is reporting today that defense and security group SAAB AB denies to be in talks with either NEVS or “any foreign car manufacturer” about the licensing of the SAAB trademark.
Brand lost in August
NEVS got their license to use the SAAB brand suspended by SAAB AB when they applied for reorganisation back in August last year. Mikael Östlund at NEVS said yesterday that this was to be expected as the license contract contains a clause about such situation (and hence a key reason for getting NEVS to exit the reorganisation I would assume).
Since then, many sources reported on discussions to be taking place between the different parties to reclaim the usage rights.
That things weren’t going at light speed and that there were several challenges in the process has also widely been publicized, in fact, it was explicitly stated in the latest Administrator report.
Sebastian Carlsson, press responsible at SAAB AB however stated to SVD’s reporter that “there haven’t been any negotiations for the past months” and added that he felt there weren’t any other talks going on either.
Administrator Lars Eric Gustafsson said in a comment to SVD to be very surprised about these statements from SAAB AB and to stand by his earlier phrasing in the documents he has filed with the District Court.
More to follow…