LML had filed an appeal against Bajaj Auto where LML sought the revocation of a patent granted to Bajaj Auto. This appeal from LML had been made to the Chennai Bench of IAPB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board) regarding the system of intake chosen by the two-stroke engines in a two-wheeler which would result in improved fuel-efficiency and lesser emissions.
More than two decades ago i,e in 1990’s, scooters with monocoque chassis were developed with engine positioned on either side of the vehicle. With the great demand of scooters in the past made Bajaj Auto to undergo continuous efforts in order to make the engines efficient and came out with an adoption of reed valve housing between the carburetor and the crankcase.
Initially the patent war began when Bajaj Auto sent cease notice to LML claiming their innovations would bring about efficient air-fuel intake, higher mileage and lesser pollution after which LML went to Chennai bench of IAPB in 2007 claiming that it was refreshed version of the existing technology. Later IAPB refused the argument made by LML and announced victory of the patent war to Bajaj Auto understanding that their innovation would become more effective and useful.
Earlier too, Bajaj Auto has won a patent war against the Sri Lankan importer, Ranatunga Motor and Chinese manufacturer, Taian Chiran Machinery, selling the Ranomoto Gulsar, which Bajaj maintains is an imitation of Pulsar 180. Before the guilty companies could do anything, Bajaj Auto promptly filed a suit in the Colombo High Court. The verdict had went in favour of the Indian company.
Check out the picture of Ranomoto Gulsar below the jump.
Source – Economic Times