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SC allows TVS to sell 'Flame' motorbikes

PTI  New Delhi, September 16, 2009
First Published: 16:26 IST(16/9/2009) | Last Updated: 16:28 IST(16/9/2009)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed TVS Motor Company to manufacture and sell its 125-cc 'Flame' motorbike that sports twin-spark plugs, the technology for which Bajaj Auto claims to hold patent.

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A Bench headed by Justice Markandey Katju referred the matter back to a single judge of Madras High Court for day to day hearing and ordered that the matter be decided before November 30.

The apex court also ordered the high court to appoint a receiver, who will keep record on sales of Flame across India.

The Bench also said that the single judge should not be influenced by any observations made by the Supreme Court or the division bench of the High Court.

Bajaj had taken TVS to court alleging that south India based auto maker infringed its patent for twin spark plug engine technology.

Bajaj said that it is the grantee of the Indian patent in respect of its invention titled "an improved internal combustion engine working on four stroke principle" since July 16, 2002.

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