Michelin North America has filed suit against Tire Mart Inc., a Missouri-based manufacturer of radial tires for ATVs, UTVs, Light Trucks, and SUVs.
The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleges that the company’s Braven Ironside tire infringes Michelin’s design patent covering the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tire.
“Michelin will aggressively defend its intellectual property and the expertise of our employees,” said Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America and head of the company’s passenger tire unit.
With headquarters in Greenville, Michelin North America employs more than 22,000 people and operates 19 manufacturing plants. The company designs, manufactures, and sells tires for airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, and other types of vehicles. It also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps, and road atlases.