ZHENGZHOU, China (Jan. 5, 2014) — Bridgestone Corp. claims it has received a favorable ruling in a lawsuit regarding infringement of its design rights against two firms, Jianxin Rubber (Fujian) Co. Ltd. and P.T. Beststone Rubber Industries Co. Ltd.
The case has been pending against Jianxin and P.T. Beststone since September 2011, Bridgestone said, when it filed its suit in the Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court.
The suit charged the companies with violating Bridgestone' design rights by manufacturing and selling precure treads for retreading using a proprietary Bridgestone tread pattern for truck and bus tires.
In October 2014, Bridgestone said the court ruled that the manufacture and sale of the precure treads constituted an indirect violation of the company's automobile tire-use design rights and ordered the companies to pay unspecified damages.
Bridgestone said it is committed to protecting its intellectual property and will take aggressive action in the courts and before regulators to dispute any unauthorized use or infringement of Bridgestone patents, trademarks or other intellectual property.
Tire Business was unable to verify Bridgestone's clams independently.