Fullerton, California - Yokohama Tire Corp. and its parent firm, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., have settled a patent infringement suit against Chinese tyre maker Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd.
Yokohama said Chinese tyre maker Hangzhou will destroy the manufacturing moulds with the tyre tread design in question, as well as its remaining Westlake H280 light truck tires. Hangzhou also will pay Yokohama an undisclosed cash sum, according to Yokohama.
Yokohama sued Hangzhou in 2006, claiming that the Westlake H280 tires essentially were identical to Yokohama's patented designs for the Geolandar A/T+II all-terrain light truck and sport-utility vehicle tyres.
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From Rubber News (A Crain publication)