Thursday, September 13, 2012

Indonesia's Supreme Court hears patent suit

A patent infringement dispute between India's Bajaj and Japan's Honda was finally decided by the Supreme Court in August. It concerned a patent for a motorcycle engine with two spark plugs on one cylinder belonging to Honda.

Bajaj used a two-cylinder engine and claimed it was unique and different from Honda's single cylinder patent. As to the plug configuration Bajaj claimed the claims were not new. But Honda argued that novelty lay in the spacing of the plugs as applied to single and V twin cylinder configurations. 

Honda's patent was extended to Indonesia on 28 April 2006 so remained valid. The Commercial court found for Honda at first instance. It is rare to see Patent infringement cases in Indonesia more so in the Supreme Court, and encouraging for the development of jurisprudence.

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