Dec 07

Newsletter Dec 2007

Concept & Editing by: Dr. Niti Dewan

Infringement : Bajaj Auto Vs. TVS

One of the leading two- wheeler manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Ltd is planning to sue south Indian rival TVS Motor Co for “infringing” upon intellectual property rights of its patented digital twin spark ignition (DTSi) technology”. Bajaj Auto holds an Indian and several foreign patents for this technology. Two of the most popular models manufactured by Bajaj Auto, ‘Pulsar’ and ‘Discover’ are powered by DTSi engines.

According to the press release issued by Bajaj Auto, there is a clear case of IPR violation by TVS on three counts and the company’s legal department is preparing to go to court at the earliest. “The first is the purpose for which they are doing it (use of twin spark ignition for enhanced performance and better mileage). Secondly, the size (of engine) is same and third, construction of engine is also the same,”

TVS, on the other hand, has said that “Flame” one of its forthcoming model, is fitted with a three-valve engine working on the CCVTi technology, which is different from Bajaj's DTSi. In retaliation to the allegations as leveled by Bajaj Auto, TVS has filed a Rs 250-crore defamation suit in the Bombay High Court.

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