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Posted on September 26, 2017

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

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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

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. 

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