ERJ staff report (LMH)
Tokyo -- Bridgestone Corp. has won a lawsuit against a Chinese manufacturer regarding the infringement of its design patent rights, the company said in a 16 March announcement.
In May 2011, Bridgestone filed a lawsuit in the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court alleging that Guangming Tyre Group violated Bridgestone's design patent rights. Specifically, the court found that Bridgestone's rights were violated by the Guangming Tyre Group's manufacturing and sales of tires using Bridgestone's patented truck and bus tyre tread patterns.
The court ruled in Bridgestone's favour in December 2011 and ordered the Guangming Tyre Group to pay damages for the infringement. The Guangming Tyre Group did not appeal this decision, and the decision was confirmed.
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Press release from Bridgestone