Michelin obtains settlement in Tire Mart lawsuit
A settlement has been reached between Michelin North America Inc. and Tire Mart Inc. regarding alleged design patent infringements. Terms of the settlement, which centres on design patents for the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2, have not been disclosed.
“Michelin continues to monitor the market for infringements of our intellectual property,” commented Scott Clark, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “The protection of Michelin’s intellectual property promotes continued development of innovative products and services for our customers.”
Last September, Michelin filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division (Michelin North America, Inc. v. Tire Mart, Inc..; case no. 4:17-CV-2472). The suit claimed that the Braven Ironside tyre model infringes Michelin’s U.S. Design Patent No. D530,266.
Tire Mart Inc. does business as Braven Off-Road and markets and sells, under the Pit Bull and Braven brands, radial tyres a number of segments, including ATV, UTV, light truck and SUV.