* Settlement resolves February lawsuit
* Ford said Ferrari improperly used F-150 on Formula 1 car
(Corrects name of court in case citation)
NEW YORK, March 4 Ford Motor Co (F.N) has
settled a lawsuit in which it accused Italian automaker Ferrari
of infringing its trademark for the popular F-150 truck.
Ford dropped the case on Thursday, according to a filing
with the U.S. district court in Detroit. Terms of the
settlement were unclear from the filing.
"We're obviously pleased that we were able to resolve this
amicably," Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari said.
In its lawsuit filed Feb. 9, Ford had accused Ferrari of
improperly using the name F150 for a new Formula 1 racing car.
Ford complained that Ferrari also used a logo that bore a
striking resemblance to that on the Ford F-150, the top-selling
vehicle in the United States.
A day after Ford filed the lawsuit, Ferrari said it would
use only the full name of its vehicle, Ferrari F150th Italia,
on the Formula 1 car.
Gattari said because the new name "still contained F and
150," that change "was not acceptable to us."
The Italian automaker Fiat SpA FIA.MI has an 85 percent
stake in Ferrari.
The case is Ford Motor Co v. Ferrari SpA, U.S. District
Court, Eastern District of Michigan, No. 11-10518.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, editing by Gerald E.