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Posted on September 26, 2017

Michelin North America Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Tire Mart Inc.

Michelin alleges infringement of its patented pattern for the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2

GREENVILLE, S.C. Sept. 26, 2017 – Today Michelin North America, Inc., filed suit against Tire Mart Inc., doing business as Braven Off-Road, alleging the company has infringed a design patent covering the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2.

Michelin filed the lawsuit in U.S. 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 alleges that the Braven Ironside tire model infringes the Company’s U.S. Design Patent No. D530,266.

“We will actively protect the technology investment in our products,” said Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America and head of the Company’s passenger tire unit. “Michelin will aggressively defend its intellectual property and the expertise of our employees.”

Tire Mart Inc. markets and sells, under the Pit Bull and Braven brands, radial tires for tire-line segments that include ATVs, UTVs, Light Trucks and SUVs.

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.




 

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