Bridgestone Corp. receives favorable ruling in lawsuit against Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd.
Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that it has received a favorable ruling in its lawsuit regarding infringement of tyre tread design rights against Chinese tire manufacturer Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd (hereafter, Triangle Tyre).
Triangle Tyre had been manufacturing and selling tyres using a tread pattern* for studless tyres for which Bridgestone holds exclusive design rights. In October 2013, the Company filed a lawsuit with the Intermediate People’s Court in Changchun, China. The lawsuit claimed 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 tyres that use said tread pattern and pay damages to the Company. While Triangle Tyre appealed the ruling, the High People’s Court in Jilin Province upheld the original ruling in January 2016 at an appeal trial, resulting in a victory for Bridgestone.