Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Dec 4:
A three-member police team of Kerala led by Sub-inspector KS Pradip on Wednesday interrogated a city-based trader Manoj Mishra for violating patent rights of a Kerala based company manufacturing home appliances.
According to Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Laxmisagar police station KC Mund, the team interrogated Mishra, a resident of Palasuni who owns a shop called the Sainath Enterprises near Jyoti Petrol pump at Cuttack Road here.
Mishra has been distributing products such as Electric Induction Cooker illegally by copying the patent of the Kerala-based firm Canan Technologies Pvt Ltd (CTPL) owned by V. D. Sebastian of Panampilly Nagar of Kochi in Kerala, said Mund.
Though Mishra’s authorisation to sell the Kerala-based company’s patented induction cookers had expired since February this year, he was allegedly selling duplicate electric induction cookers under the brand name of CTPL in the city, added Mund.
The Kerala police team left after interrogating Mishra and documentation work related to the case in evening. They have asked Mishra to appear before a Cochin Court, said the IIC
“After receiving complaints about the illegal sale of fake and duplicate induction cookers packaged as CTPL products in violation of patent laws we came here to crosscheck facts and verify documents in the possession of Mishra,” said Salim Key, a member of the Kerala police team.
However, Manoj Mishra, the accused told OST that the charges against him are baseless because he has all the documents to prove that the induction cookers sold by have been supplied to him by the CTPL company and that he was no way involved in selling duplicates or fake items,
On the other hand, Mishra said he has proper documents and certificates to prove him guilty free.