Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd.’s catalog included a tire featuring a Bridgestone patented truck and bus tire tread pattern*. Bridgestone Corporation filed a lawsuit in the Qingdao City Intermediate People’s Court alleging that Bridgestone’s design patent rights had been violated. Subsequently, the court released a decision that affirmed Bridgestone’s claims of patent infringement by Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd. The decision was not appealed by Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd., and as a result the ruling stands.
The Bridgestone Group will continue working to maintain and enhance the value of its brands by taking the necessary actions to protect its trade secrets and intellectual property. This includes reporting patent infringements to the appropriate authorities and seeking proper redress through the court system.
* The pattern is the groove design on the portion of the tire that makes contact with the road.
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.