November 16, 2006
Michelin sues look-alike tire retreader
Montreal, Quebec – Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. has filed suit in Canada’s federal court against Distribution Nortop and Rechapage Nortop Richmond for design patent infringement. The suit regards several patented Michelin brand tread designs that are being infringed by Nortop; the look-alike treads are being distributed in Canada for retreading.
In the suit, Michelin is demanding that Nortop immediately stop importing, distributing and selling treads that infringe Michelin patents, and is demanding a recall of the look-alike treads in inventories or in transit, to stop any future use of the illegal treads.