Claim against Royal Enfield for Alleged Patent Infringement
Patent law is a delicate matter. Registration of a patent is a lot of money, and not so much for filing an application for a patent, but for the competent execution of documents, drawings, a description of the uniqueness of proprietary solutions. It is also expensive to defend its interests, and when deciding to file a patent infringement, a company must be sure of the integrity and a good understanding of the essence of the issue on the part of the court.
The developed sphere of regulation of patent law is a huge staff of qualified lawyers and experts dealing exclusively with infringements of rights in the field of intellectual property. This is why international companies often receive lawsuits in the United States. And it looks like Royal Enfield will not escape this fate.
Lawsuit against Royal Enfield
Indian Royal Enfield has been notified of a suit by another Indian company on American soil. This is somewhat discouraging, but such are the realities of the 21st century. Electronic component maker Flash Electronics India has sued Royal Enfield in the United States for patent infringement over the design of one component of a motorcycle sold in the United States and Europe.
The proprietary component is referred to as “Device and method of regulating and smoothing the voltage of the on-board network” – in other words, a relay-regulator that converts the alternator voltage into a constant voltage to charge the battery and power the on-board systems of the motorcycle.
Royal Enfield says it has not yet received any formal documents regarding the claim, but also says it is purchasing the component from a trusted and trusted supplier. And while Royal Enfield claims the supplier owns the intellectual property rights to the component, Flash Electronics India founder and CEO Sanjeev Wasdev disagrees. According to him,
They (Royal Enfield) just took our regulators and blindly copied them at the facilities of another manufacturer (Varroc). So I would say that Royal Enfield knew what they were doing.
Vasdev also reports that Royal Enfield was alerted to the issue in October 2018 and, despite promises to stop infringing the patent, did not keep its word. Vendor Varroc declined to comment officially.
The motorcycle manufacturer promised that it would familiarize itself with the documents and local legislation under which the claim was filed and understand the essence of the problem. Flash Electronics holds patents for this technology also in several European countries, which may lead to additional claims.