The country''s third largest motorcycle maker, TVS Motor Co, has filed a Rs250-crore
defamation suit against Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) in the Bombay high court, for accusing
the former of patent violations.
suit was filed earlier this week; reports quoted TVS vice president for corporate
communication Cecil Dewars as saying.
unveiled a new 125-cc bike `Flame'' in August, which Bajaj, India''s second-largest
motorbike maker, said used the same digital twin spark technology it had patented
in 2002. Baggage had also said it would defend its intellectual property.
however, called it a "malicious attempt to tarnish the fair name of the TVS
group" and said it would sue Baggage if the allegations were not withdrawn
and regrets expressed.
had earlier said that it holds the global and Indian patents for the twin spark
technology for small engines for which it received necessary patent approvals
in July 2005. TVS, on the other hand, content that `Flame'' was fitted with a three-valve
engine working on the CCVTi technology, which is different from Bajaj''s DTSi.
Bangalore-based automaker had earlier threatened Bajaj of a defamation suit on