The intellectual property row over the use of an engine technology between TVS Motor Co. and Bajaj Auto Ltd is to be heard by the Madras high court on Monday.
TVS had filed a suit to pre-empt attempts by its larger rival to stall the introduction of its Flame motorcycle. TVS, which wanted to introduce Flame in November, filed the suit under Section 106 of the Patents Act after Bajaj accused it of stealing technology.
A favourable verdict for TVS would prevent Bajaj from issuing public statements on this issue. The technology, called digital twin spark ignition, or DTSi, uses two igniters for the fuel instead of one to enhance fuel efficiency and was patented by Bajaj some years ago.
TVS has also filed two other suits against Bajaj—one in the Bombay high court claiming damages for defamation, and another applying for revocation of Bajaj’s patent in the Intellectual Property Appellate Board, a quasi-judicial body.