Bridgestone announced that it has received a favorable ruling from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court in its design rights infringement lawsuit against major Chinese tire manufacturer Shengtai Group.
In September 2015, Bridgestone filed the lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The lawsuit claimed that tire manufacturing and sales activities conducted by Shengtai Group utilized a truck tire tread pattern patented by Bridgestone and these activities were therefore in violation of the design rights.
In January 2019, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court upheld Bridgestone’s claim and ordered Shengtai Group to pay Bridgestone damages in the amount of 10 million Chinese yuan (approximately 160 million Japanese yen) and the winning lawsuit has been finalized.
The disputed design rights pertained to the tread pattern for the Bridgestone ST3000 truck tire (pictured below).