Posted on January 24, 2018

Michelin North America Obtains Settlement In Lawsuit Against Tire Mart Inc.


Michelin’s claim centered on its patented tread designs for BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 24, 2018 Michelin North America, Inc., has reached a settlement with Tire Mart Inc., doing business as Braven Off-Road, regarding enforcement of design patents for the popular BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2 tires produced by Michelin in the U.S. The companies have agreed not to disclose terms of the settlement.

“Michelin continues to monitor the market for infringements of our intellectual property,” said Scott Clark, chairman and president of Michelin North America, Inc. “The protection of Michelin’s intellectual property promotes continued development of innovative products and services for our customers.”

Michelin filed the lawsuit last year 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 claimed that the Braven Ironside tire model infringes Michelin’s U.S. Design Patent No. D530,266.

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.





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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com