Michelin files patent infringement suit v Tire Mart

Michelin North America said it filed suit against Tire Mart Inc., doing business as Braven Off-Road, alleging the company infringed a design patent covering the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2.

The suit alleges that the Braven Ironside tire model infringes Michelin North America’s US Design Patent No. D530,266.

Michelin said it filed the lawsuit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division (Michelin North America, Inc. v. Tire Mart, Inc..; case no. 4:17-CV-2472).

“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.