TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp. said it has received a favorable ruling in its lawsuit regarding infringement of its design rights against two Chinese companies: Jianxin Rubber (Fujian) Co Ltd and PT. Beststone Rubber Industries Co Ltd.
Bridgestone filed a lawsuit against Jianxin and PT in September 2011 at the Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court, alleging that the two had violated its design rights by manufacturing and selling pre-cure treads using a tread pattern for truck and bus tires for which it held design rights.
“In October 2014, it was ruled that the manufacture and sale of the aforementioned pre-cure treads constituted an indirect violation of the company's automobile tire-use design rights. Accordingly, the Zhengzhou Higher People's Court ordered the companies to pay damages,” Bridgestone said in its report.