ERJ staff report (SS)
Tokyo - The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd had announced that the Tokyo Customs office has accepted its application for placing an import injunction against counterfeit copies of its Dna S. drive high-performance tyres for passenger cars in Japan, as of 18 Jan 2008
As a result, all Customs offices in Japan will prohibit the import of the counterfeit products from now on.
Yokohama filed the import injunction request tyres sold under the brand name Sumo Firenza ST-08, by Stamford Tyres International Pte. Ltd, a tyre distributor in Singapore.
According to a 27 Feb statement from Yokohama, the tread pattern design of Sumo Firenza ST-08 is closely similar to its Dna S. drive's, which Yokohama has been selling since Jan 2005.
Yokohama become aware of the alleged counterfeits, in spring 2007 and in December submitted an import injunction application to the Tokyo Customs office, after complaining to those tyre shops and Stamford Tyres.
The company has registered the design rights for DNA S. drive tyres in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, European Union (EU), Russia, South Africa and Brazil.
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Press release from Yokohama