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TVS files Rs 250 Cr suit against Bajaj Auto- DNA Money

Friday, October 26, 2007

TVS Motor Company has filed a Rs 250 crore defamation suit against Bajaj Auto in the Bombay High Court, according to a DNA Money report. The suit is in reaction to Bajaj’s allegation that TVS had infringed the latter's patented DTSi (digital twin spark plug ignition) technology. The DNA Money quotes Shiraz Patodia of Dua Associates, the law firm which represents TVS Motor as saying, "The suit pertains to Bajaj Auto’s allegations regarding infringement of its patented engine technology by TVS Motor. The total amount we are claiming as damages is Rs 250 crore,” she added. The suit will come up for hearing in due course."

Earlier there was trouble between the two auto majors when TVS Motor announced its intent to launch the 125cc Flame, which the Bajajs implied was an infringement of its own twin spark technology. The report goes on to add that Bajaj had stated in the past that it holds the global and Indian patents for the technology for small engines. It also claims to have received necessary patent approvals in July 2005 for its Bajaj-DTSi technology.
The company maintained that the twin spark plug technology was being used by TVS for the same engine size in a bike engine and with the same construction.

TVS, in its turn, retorted that the Flame, a four-stroke, four-geared bike, was fitted with a three-valve engine working on the controlled combustion variable timing intelligent (CC-VTi) technology.

Posted by FR at 9:28 AM  


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