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Bridgestone wins tyre patent infringement lawsuit in China

Bridgestone Corporation has revealed it received a favourable ruling from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court in its lawsuit regarding the infringement of patent rights against Chinese tyre manufacturer Shandong Vheal Group Co., Ltd. (Vheal).

In September 2017, Bridgestone filed a lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, claiming that Vheal manufactured and sold tyres utilising a truck tyre tread pattern that was covered under a Bridgestone patent, and that these activities were therefore in violation of the company’s patent rights.

In June 2020, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court upheld Bridgestone’s claim and ordered Vheal to cease activities that are in violation of the company’s patent rights. Vheal were ordered to pay damages to Bridgestone in the amount of 500,000 Chinese yuan (around €63k). The Court issued its decision in October.

Bridgestone’s R118 truck tyre

The infringed patent rights relate to Bridgestone’s R118 truck tyre tread pattern, which was developed by Bridgestone for China and other Asian markets.

This is the second time Bridgestone has successfully enforced its patent covering the R118 tread pattern, as it also won an infringement suit against major Chinese tyre manufacture Fangxing Rubber Co., Ltd. in Shanghai High People’s Court.

In a statement, Bridgestone said it “takes seriously any unauthorised use or infringement of its patents, trademarks or any other intellectual property. With this level of vigilance, Bridgestone is prioritising the safety and reliability associated with its products and maintaining and enhancing its hard-earned brand value”.