Patent infringement lawsuit filed by Michelin North America.
Michelin North America, Inc. filed suit against Atturo Tire Corporation and Svizz-One Corporation Ltd. alleging they infringed a design patent covering the Michelin Latitude tyre tread design.
Michelin filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in Greenville, S.C. The suit alleges that two tyre models—the Atturo AZ600 and the Thunderer Ranger 007—infringe the company’s Patent U.S. D483,322 for a tread.
Atturo brand tyres are dedicated to the light-truck segment that includes SUVS, pick-up trucks and crossovers. The Atturo tyres in question are manufactured by Svizz-One in Thailand for the US market.
“This lawsuit demonstrates Michelin’s legal strategy to protect the intellectual property created by its 6,000 research and development employees and an annual R&D investment of about $700 million dollars,” said Michelin Vice President of Research and Development Paul Grosskopf.