Bridgestone wins patent infringement lawsuit
Bridgestone Corporation has won a lawsuit against China’s Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd. The legal action against the Qingdao, Shandong Province-based firm was based upon an infringement of design patent rights, and it is by no means the first of its kind that Bridgestone has undertaken. Along with announcing its latest court victory, Bridgestone said it “will continue working to maintain and enhance the value of its brands by taking the necessary actions to protect its trade secrets and intellectual property. This includes reporting patent infringements to the appropriate authorities and seeking proper redress through the court system.”
The case against Qingdao Genco Industrial Group arose due to the company’s inclusion of a Bridgestone patented truck and bus tyre tread pattern in its product catalogue. Bridgestone Corporation filed a lawsuit in the Qingdao City Intermediate People’s Court alleging that its design patent rights had been violated. Subsequently, the court released a decision that affirmed Bridgestone’s claims of patent infringement. The decision was not appealed by Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd., and as a result the ruling stands.