CHINA: Bridgestone wins design patent rights lawsuit in China

Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd.'s catalog included a tire featuring a Bridgestone patented truck and bus tire tread pattern. Bridgestone Corporation filed a lawsuit in the Qingdao City Intermediate People's Court alleging that Bridgestone's design patent rights had been violated. Subsequently, the court released a decision that affirmed Bridgestone's claims of patent infringement by Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd. The decision was not appealed by Qingdao Genco Industrial Group Co., Ltd., and as a result the ruling stands.

The Bridgestone Group 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.

Source: Bridgestone Corp. website, Tokyo; 20 May 2013

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)