Friday, January 18, 2008

SC restrains TVS from booking 'TVS Flame'

No relief for TVS Motor

New Delhi, (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow automobile company, TVS Motor, to go ahead with booking of its 125 cc bike 'TVS Flame' till the Madras High Court hears a patent case filed by its rival Bajaj Auto Ltd., (BAL).

A bench headed by Justice S H Kapadia dismissed the TVS Motor's plea seeking modification in January 18 order of the Supreme Court restraining it from taking further bookings for the two-wheelers till January 29.

In an application, TVS Motor had requested for being allowed to book the vehicles and had promised not to deliver them till the High Court decides on the matter.

The bench issued the direction on a petition filed by BAL challenging the Madras High Court's December 20 order allowing TVS Motor to go ahead with the manufacturing and selling of 'TVS Flame' bikes.

The apex court also directed to maintain status quo, and asked the High Court to hear the matter on January 29.

Bajaj Auto had accused TVS Motor of infringing its patent on DTS-i (Digital Twin Spark Plug ignition) technology for 'TVS Flame'.

TVS, in its latest 125 cc motorcycle Flame, uses CCVTi technology. Bajaj claims this to be a copy of its DTS-i technology, which is used in various products including its best-selling Pulsar models.

TVS, however, has denied BAL's allegations and has slapped a Rs 250-crore defamation suit against the Pune-based company.

Courtesy_
THE HINDU

Read the previous stories related with this case:

SC restrains TVS from booking 'TVS Flame'

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday restrained automobile company TVS Motor from taking further booking order for its two-wheeler 'TVS Flame' till January 29.

"No further booking shall be made from today (Friday) till January 29," a Division Bench headed by Justice H S Kapadia said, while directing the single Bench of Madras High Court to take the interim application of Bajaj Auto Ltd (BAL) on January 29.

The Bench issued its direction on a petition filed by BAL challenging the Madras High Court order allowing TVS Motor to go ahead with its manufacturing and selling of two-wheeler 'TVS Flame'.

Bajaj Auto had challenged a Division Bench order of the Madras High Court of December 20 allowing TVS Motor to go ahead with its booking and delivery of its new bike.

The Apex Court, after hearing the contention of both the automobile majors, directed the status quo as of today is to be maintained.

Bajaj Auto had accused TVS Motor of infringing its patent on DTS-i -- acronym for Digital Twin Spark Plug ignition -- in TVS Flame.

TVS, in its latest 125 cc motorcycle Flame, uses CCVTi technology (controlled combustion variable timing intelligent) which Bajaj claims to be a copy of its DTS-i technology. The Pune-based two-wheeler maker uses DTS-i technology in various products including the Pulsar series of bikes.

TVS, however, has denied BAL's allegations and has slapped a Rs 250-crore defamation suit against the Pune-based company.

Courtesy_
THE HINDU

Also read the related stories

Supreme Court stays sale of TVS FlameIndia

Infoline News Service / Mumbai Jan 18, 2008 14:30

The Madras High Court had allowed TVS to go ahead with booking and delivery of Flame. The Madras High Court will take the matter on Jan 29

There is a new twist to the ongoing dispute between two-wheeler majors Bajaj Auto and TVS Motor over the use of twin spark plug technology. The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday ordered TVS to stop selling its 125cc bike Flame, till the matter is resolved by the Madras High Court.

"No further booking shall be made from today till January 29," a division bench headed by Justice H. S. Kapadia said while directing the single bench of the Madras High Court to take the interim application of Bajaj Auto on the day.

The bench issued its direction on a petition filed by Bajaj Auto, challenging the Madras High Court order of Dec. 20, allowing TVS to go ahead with manufacturing and selling of Flame.

Bajaj Auto had accused TVS of infringing on its in-house engine technology called DTSi, which stands for Digital Twin Spark Plug ignition, and using the same in Flame. But, TVS claims it uses the CCVTi technology in Flame (controlled combustion variable timing intelligent) , saying that the technology is licensed from Austrian firm AVL.

TVS has dismissed Bajaj Auto's allegations and has even slapped a Rs2.5bn defamation suit against the Pune-based company.

The Flame was launched by TVS only in Chennai last month. The company was planning to introduce the bike across the country from next year. It was aiming to sell about 20,000 units per month following its pan-India launch.

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http://www.indiainfoline.com

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