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November 05, 2019

Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor settle decade-long patent battle


[ by Legal Era News Network ]

Indian automobile majors Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor Company have decided to amicably settle a patent dispute that had been simmering for over a decade over twin-spark plug technology.

The dispute first started in 2007 when Bajaj Auto accused TVS of infringing on its patent on DTS-i (digital twin spark ignition), when TVS launched its motorcycle Flame 125 that according to the company, controlled combustion variable timing intelligent (CC-VTi) technology. TVS argued that the Flame was fitted with a three-valve engine based on what it called CCVT-i (Controlled Combustion Variable Timing Intelligent) technology, which was different from the technology used by Bajaj Auto. According to Bajaj's allegations, TVS' CCVT-i technology was a copy of the DTS-i system, first introduced in Bajaj Auto's popular Pulsar range of motorcycles. TVS had then filed a Rs. 250 crore defamation suit against Bajaj Auto.

The companies have however come to a settlement and have withdrawn all related pending cases which were pending before the Madras High Court, Bombay High Court, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, Chennai and courts in Sri Lanka and Mexico, including a defamation suit filed by TVS Motor Company against Bajaj.

Neither firm is required to pay any compensation or penalty to the other as part of the said settlement.

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