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Tata Motors fails to get patent for ‘follow-me-home’

The Mumbai patent office, which took up the application, refused to buy the auto company’s argument that the electronic control unit of the vehicle has been modified to facilitate the follow-me-home headlamp flashing feature

Tata Motors has been denied patent for its ‘invention’ on a method for operating a  ‘follow-me-home’ feature for assisting driver or passengers to reach the destination after coming out of the vehicle at night.

The Mumbai patent office, which took up the patent application, refused to buy the auto company’s argument that the electronic control unit of the vehicle has been modified to facilitate the follow-me-home headlamp flashing feature in the vehicle. Follow-me-home functions are used for guiding the driver or passengers to reach the destination after coming out of the vehicle during night time. The headlamp is flashed for certain time so that the driver or passengers can reach the desired spot, smoothly.

Pinkesh K Jain, assistant controller of patents & designs, Mumbai, observed that Tata Motors failed to disclose clearly and sufficiently the ‘invention’, its operation and the method by which it is to be performed fully, which are required  under  Section 10(4) of the Patents Act, 1970.

The company also failed to disclose the best method of performing the ‘invention’, which is known to the applicant and for which it is entitled to claim protection, the assistant controller said.

Tata Motors had filed the patent application titled ‘head lamp delay method for  vehicle in 2008 before the Mumbai patent office. The first examination report (FER) was  issued in 2013 by the patent office raising objections regarding the claims and inventive steps.

In its reply to FER, the company said that its claims indeed constitute ‘inventive’ steps and the features are novel which involve technical advancement as compared to ‘prior arts’ in the public domain. The invention is about a method for operating a headlamp delay in a vehicle for assisting driver or passengers to reach the destination after coming out of the vehicle.

The method, according to Tata Motors, comprises steps of activating the headlamp delay on removal of ignition key, switching on the headlamp if parking is in off condition and maintaining the headlamp in the on condition for certain seconds.

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