SRI wins tyre puncture repair technology infringement case
After almost eight years, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has won the lawsuit it filed against Italian manufacturer TEK Automotive S.r.l. concerning the infringement of SRI’s patents on emergency tyre puncture repair kit technology.
In a statement released 23 May 2018, SRI reports that TEK Automotive has been “ordered to cease and desist all infringement and to pay compensatory damages to the plaintiff.”
SRI initially filed the patent infringement lawsuit in the District Court of Mannheim, Germany in October 2010, claiming the unauthorised use of its patented technology in emergency tyre puncture repair kits manufactured by TEK Automotive. The German courts respectively ruled, in March 2015 and May 2015, in SRI’s favour regarding the infringement of both patents.
“As we consider our intellectual property to be an invaluable asset to our group, Sumitomo Rubber Industries will continue to actively develop new cutting-edge technologies while working aggressively to ensure the integrity of our intellectual property so that we may utilise it to its fullest,” commented SRI in a statement.
According to SRI, it has already obtained patents for the technology involved in the lawsuit in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and South Africa.