TOKYO (May 19, 2016) — A Chinese appeals court has ruled in favor of Bridgestone Corp. in a case regarding infringement of tire tread design rights against Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Group Co. Ltd., Bridgestone has announced.
In a statement May 13 the Japanese tire-maker said High People's Court in Jilin province upheld the original ruling in January 2016 at an appeal trial.
According to Bridgestone, Triangle Tyre had been “manufacturing and selling tires using a tread pattern for studless tires for which Bridgestone holds exclusive design rights.”
In October 2013, Bridgestone filed a lawsuit with the Intermediate People's Court in Changchun, China, claiming that the activities of Triangle Tyre constituted a design rights infringement.
In July 2015, Bridgestone's claim was upheld, and the court ordered Triangle Tyre to cease manufacture and sale of tires that use the tread pattern, and pay damages to the company.
Bridgestone reiterated in the statement that it remained “committed to protecting its intellectual property and will continue to deal with any unauthorized use or infringement of its patents or trademarks.”
This report appeared on the website of European Rubber Journal, a UK-based sister publication of Tire Business.