Chinese trademark troubles are making it difficult for Tesla Motors to market its electric cars in China.
The latest kerfuffle could force a costly delay in Tesla's efforts to sell the Model S sedan there. A Taiwanese news Web site reports that someone named Zhan Baosheng registered the Tesla Motors trademark in China in 12 vehicle categories in 2009.
The Web site, wantchinatimes.com, said Tesla Chairman Elon Musk offered to buy the Tesla trademark for $326,000, but Zhan wants "100 times that amount" or $32.6 million.
Tesla may have the option of avoiding a large payout if it can prove to Chinese authorities that Zhan has not produced a vehicle with the Tesla name in the last three years.
Tesla spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks said the company will not comment on the story.