Inequitable Conduct Claims Stand In Yokohama Tire Suit

Law360, New York (May 13, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to toss Stamford Tyres International Pte. Ltd.'s counterclaims that Yokohama Rubber Co. intentionally failed to disclose key information when prosecuting a tire design patent asserted in an infringement suit.

Judge Cormac Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday denied Yokohama’s motion for judgment on the pleadings and partial summary judgment on the defendants’ inequitable conduct claims.

Defendants Stamford and Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. argue that U.S. Patent Number D512,014 is unenforceable due to...
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