BEIJING (Feb. 28, 2008) — A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Bridgestone Corp. in an intellectual property case involving Chaoyang Longmarch Tyre Co. Ltd.
As a result, Bridgestone said, Longmarch Tyre stopped manufacturing and selling the infringing products and paid damages to Bridgestone.
In December 2006, Bridgestone began legal action against Longmarch Tyre concerning design patent infringement in some truck and bus radial tires. Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled in favor of Bridgestone in March 2007. Longmarch Tyre was ordered to stop making and selling the tires and to pay damages to Bridgestone.
Because Longmarch Tyre didn't file an appeal, the ruling became effective, according to Bridgestone.
However, Longmarch Tyre failed to fulfill the obligations within the time allotted by the court. Bridgestone in last June asked the court to enforce the ruling, and the court's enforcement bureau did so last December, Bridgestone said.