ERJ staff report (DS)
China, California -- American Tire Corporation (ATC) has denied any involvement or relationship with Alpha Mining Systems' trade secret case as reported in the article "Tire maker wins trade secret case" published in the Herald-Tribune, a Sarasota, Florida newspaper, on 31 Jan, 2008. ERJ Linked to this article in our 'News from Elsewhere on the web" on 1 Feb.
The article said, "For example, Del-Nat Tire Corp. and American Tire Corp. were buying a combined average of $1.9 million per month from Alpha until April 2005, when they stopped buying anything. ATC said it not in any way involved in the reported case, nor was it aware of any information relating to the case prior to publication of the article referred above.
ATC has therefor made the following statements, and invites anyone who continues to see any ambiguity to contact the company.
- The full business name "American Tire Corporation" (ATC) is a legal name registered with the U.S. government. ATC will investigate into any use of the company name that it believes a false misrepresentation.
- American Tire Corporation has neither heard of both Alpha Mining Systems and its defendant Sam Vance, nor any business with them.
- Also, as a government supported U.S. OTR tire manufacturer, ATC has neither involved in any illegal activity, nor any intention to involve in any illegal activity. ATC has no reasons to do business and in fact has never done any business with Alpha Mining Systems' Chinese competitor Guizhou Tire
- ATC has its own technology and engineering team to develop all sizes of OTR tires. ATC objects to any theft or misappropriation of any business entity's trade secret or confidential information.
- ATC appreciates any legal protection against business secret and intellectual property.
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Press release from ATC