NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Michelin North America Inc. is suing Tire Recappers of Nashville Inc., alleging the retreader has infringed on patented Michelin and BFGoodrich tread patterns.
Michelin filed the complaint July 10 before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
At issue are U.S. Design Patent Nos. D530,266 and D639,235 — the D'266 and D'235 patents, as designated in the suit.
Michelin has held the D'266 patent since Oct. 17, 2006 and the D'235 patent since June 7, 2011, the tire maker said.
The D'266 patent is the tread design for various BFGoodrich tires, including the BFGoodrich T/A KM2, according to Michelin. The D'235 patent is the tread design for several Michelin tires, including the Michelin LTX M/S 2, it said.