Michelin North America Inc., headquartered in Greenville, recently filed suit against Atturo Tire Corporation and Svizz-One Corporation Ltd. alleging they infringed a design patent covering the Michelin Latitude tire tread design.
Michelin filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in Greenville. The suit alleges that two tire models – the Atturo AZ600 and the Thunderer Ranger 007 – infringe the company’s Patent U.S. D483,322 for a tread.
Atturo brand tires are specialized for the light-truck segment that includes SUVs, pick-up trucks and crossovers. The Atturo tires in question are manufactured by Svizz-One in Thailand for the U.S. market.
“This lawsuit demonstrates Michelin’s legal strategy to protect the intellectual property created by its 6,000 research and development employees and an annual R&D investment of about $700 million,” said Paul Grosskopf, VP of research and development at Michelin.