Flash Electronics India Pvt Ltd has filed a law suit against Royal Enfield challenging patent infringement in the US regarding production of “Regulator Rectifier Device and Method for Regulating an Output Voltage of the Same.” As per the suit filed, Royal Enfield has infringed Flash Electronics’ patent on regulator-rectifier, which is an important component for two wheelers/ motorcycles. Flash electronics is also planning on filing suits soon in European markets where product is patent-protected, and vows to halt Royal Enfield’s infringements.
The concerned patent was issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to Flash Electronics on February 20, 2018, after Flash’s R&D department made a breakthrough invention of the component in 2014, it noted. Since then, Flash Electronics is claimed to have been the key manufacturer and supplier of this component to many leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India and overseas.
The regulator-rectifier is a vital component that smoothly and efficiently converts the AC (Alternating Current) voltage produced in motorcycle engines into DC (Direct Current) voltage, explained Flash Electronics. It said this voltage is used to charge the batteries, power the headlights, and light up the instrument panel, hence driving the motorcycle’s electrical systems.
Sanjeev Vasdev, Founder and Managing Director, Flash Electronics, said it is unfortunate to have to deal with such an unexpected and unprecedented act on the part of Royal Enfield. This incident is highly objectionable and has dented the credibility of the brand, at least with Flash Electronics as a partner, he added. Vasdev also said that the company was approached by three senior officials of Royal Enfield on 12 October, 2018, to settle the issue amicably, but finally did not address the issue. “Flash will take all necessary action required across the world to ensure that Royal Enfield stops infringing the patent and pays compensation for the violation, which would run into millions of dollars,” Vasdev said.