Bridgestone announced that it has received a favorable ruling from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court in its lawsuit regarding the infringement of patent rights against Chinese tire manufacturer Shandong Vheal Group Co., Ltd. (Vheal).
In September 2017, Bridgestone filed a lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The lawsuit claimed that Vheal manufactured and sold tires utilizing a truck tire tread pattern that was covered under a Bridgestone patent, and that these activities were therefore in violation of the Company’s patent rights.
In June 2020, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court upheld Bridgestone’s claim and ordered Vheal to cease activities that are in violation of the Company’s patent rights and pay damages to Bridgestone in the amount of 500,000 Chinese Yuan (approx 76,000 US Dollars). The Court issued its decision in October 2020.
The infringed patent rights pertained to Bridgestone’s R118 truck tire tread pattern. The R118 truck tire tread pattern was developed by Bridgestone for China and other Asian markets.
This is the second time Bridgestone has successfully enforced its patent covering the R118 tread pattern, as it also won an infringement suit against major Chinese tire manufacture Fangxing Rubber Co., Ltd. in Shanghai High People’s Court.