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Wipro loses furniture patent case against V3

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, a division of the Indian group, Wipro Group, has lost the patent infringement case it filed against Bangalore-based furniture maker V3 Engineers last month. The court held that there is no prima facie case against V3 Engineers and vacated the temporary injunction granted earlier. Wipro had filed the case in the court of city civil and sessions judge, Bangalore, in the middle of March.

Wipro had alleged that V3 had infringed on the registered designs of components and accessories of the modular office furniture range marketed by it under the brand name I’M. It said that V3 copied essential and standout features of its furniture range to create similar looking furniture.

V3 Engineers claimed that the product design highlighted by Wipro was completely different from the design adopted by V3. The company said it had been manufacturing the same product since 2005, that is, three years prior to the date of registration of design by Wipro.

R Guru Prasad, director - finance and administration, V3 Engineers, said, “Wipro has been one of our reputed clients. We have supplied over 10,000 furniture pieces of various types to them. It was surprising when Wipro filed a case against us. Though we are aware that IP is not that strong in India, we will never indulge in infringement activities. We are an ethical and law-abiding company.”

After filing the case last month, Parag Kulkarni, vice-president, furniture and lighting business of Wipro, had said, “It is disheartening to see competition piggy-back on our efforts to make quick and easy money.”

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