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U.S. to probe India's Mahindra over Fiat Chrysler Jeep complaint

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(Reuters) - A U.S. regulator said on Tuesday it would launch an investigation into an off-road utility vehicle produced by and Ltd following a complaint by Automobiles NV that it infringed upon the intellectual property rights of its design.

The (ITC) said in a statement that it was launching a patent-related investigation into the Indian automaker's ROXOR vehicle.

said the complaint was related to the import and sale in the of certain motorized vehicles and components that had alleged infringed on its trademarks. The agency said it would aim to complete its probe within 45 days.

has indicated it will begin an investigation of Chrysler's complaint and that it will also be conducting a 100-day expedited consideration of the 2009 agreement and its effect on the investigation, said Rich Ansell, vice president of marketing, Automotive North America.

Fiat could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last month, Mahindra said that Fiat Chrysler had filed a patent violation complaint with against the company and called the complaint without merit.

Mahindra said that it and its North American unit had filed a public interest statement with the ITC and had begun proceedings in a court to enforce a design agreement that it had executed with Fiat Chrysler in 2009.

Mahindra was seeking an injunction against Fiat Chrysler from proceeding with the complaint, it added.

Fiat Chrysler had not made a monetary claim in the complaint but was seeking to block from importing any parts or components into the that infringe upon Fiat Chrysler's intellectual property rights, it said.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; additional reporting by in Detroit, Editing by and Anil D'Silva)

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 11:14 IST