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Bridgestone wins design rights infringement lawsuit in China

Bridgestone Corporation has received a favourable ruling from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China in a lawsuit alleging infringement of the company’s tyre tread design rights against Chinese tyre manufacturer Shandong Hawk International Rubber Industry Co., Ltd. (Hawk Tyre).

In June 2017, Bridgestone filed the lawsuit claiming that tyres manufactured by Hawk Tyre utilised the tread pattern of the Bridgestone Ecopia R102 tyre for truck and bus, and that these activities were therefore in violation of the company’s design rights.

The tread pattern for Bridgestone’s Ecopia R102 tyres. (Photo: Bridgestone)

This January, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China ruled in favour of Bridgestone.

Hawk Tyre was ordered to pay damages to the company in an amount of 300,000 Chinese yuan (approximately €39k).

“Bridgestone treats intellectual property as a key management resource, and it takes any unauthorised use or infringement of its patents, design rights, trademarks, or any other intellectual property very seriously,” a statement from Bridgestone relating to the ruling read.

“With this level of vigilance, Bridgestone is prioritising the safety and reliability associated with its products, as well as maintaining and enhancing its hard-earned brand value,” it added.