Michelin to protect tread pattern designs against copying

Clermont-Ferrand - Michelin is to step up efforts to defend its intellectual property against those who copy or otherwise offer unauthorised reproductions of its tyre tread patterns.

In a statement, Michelin said it is determined to extend its fight against companies – retreaders, mould manufacturers or others – which manufacture or sell treads, retreaded tyres or moulds that copy Michelin’s tread patterns. Michelin specifically excluded companies which may validly do so as licensees of Michelin group companies from this threat.

The statement continued, “Michelin will first…

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