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Bridgestone wins trademark infringement lawsuit in China

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GUANGDONG, China (Jan. 24, 2014) — Bridgestone Corp. has won a victory in a trademark infringement lawsuit against two Chinese tire makers.

In December 2013, according to a Bridgestone Jan. 24 press release, the Guangdong Higher People’s Court rejected the appeal by Momentum Star Tyre Co. and its affiliate Hangzhou Hangyou Rubber Products Co. Ltd. of a lower court decision to award an unstated amount of damages to Bridgestone.

Bridgestone filed its lawsuit against Momentum and Hangyou in October 2010. Bridgestone claimed the Chinese companies violated its trademark by manufacturing and selling tires bearing a “BESTTONE” logo.

“The Bridgestone Group is committed to protecting its intellectual property, and will continue to take aggressive action in the courts and before regulators to dispute any unauthorized use or infringement of Bridgestone trademarks or other intellectual properties,” Bridgestone said.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78