Japanese car major Suzuki Motor Corporation has been granted an Indian patent for its invention relating to a control apparatus for motor vehicles that claims to have the technology to reduce fuel consumption.
One of the objectives of the invention is to reduce fuel consumption amount without setting the battery into an over-charge state. The claimed invention also claims capability to realise control of a generator which is not influenced by an electric load amount or a charge-state of a battery.
The auto major had filed the application for patent titled ‘Control apparatus for a generators of a vehicle’ in 2009 at the Mumbai patent office. The first examination report was issued in 2014 pointing out certain objections regarding the novelty and patentability of the invention.
Suzuki filed its responses pointing out that the technical subject of the patent application was a control apparatus of a generator which is not influenced by an amount of electrical load. The control apparatus, so, realises a charge-state of battery and accordingly a fuel consumption amount is reduced without setting the battery into an over-discharge state.
The auto major further contended the technical aspects of the ‘claimed invention’ had not been disclosed in the prior documents, cited by the controller of patents ,which are available in the public domain. “The specific constructions of the claims of the present application were not disclosed in any of the cited documents. Therefore, the subject matter of the application cannot be invented by combination of techniques of cited documents and hence was not obvious to a person skilled in the art,” the Suzuki submitted.
Subsequently, a hearing was offered on September 3, 2015 to submit responses for the objections raised by the patent office. After hearing the Suzuki’s counsel, the assistant controller of patents & design of Mumbai, Pinkesh K Jain, granted the patent.
According to Suzuki Motor Corporation Annual Report 2015, the group will make effort to strengthen research and development such as environment technology, fuel efficient technology, weight reduction technology, safety technology and information.