Goodyear Tire & Rubber.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, NC, charging General Tire with patent infringement regarding Goodyear's Aquatred tire. The suit charges that General's Hydro 2000 tire duplicates the unique footprint of Goodyear's Aquatred, according to a statement from Goodyear. General said it will "vigorously defend the patent infringement lawsuit." Alan Ockene, president of General, said "General Tire has every right to manufacture and sell the Hydro 2000 and we intend to vindicate that right in court." General said the Hydro 2000 is an outgrowth of the Aquacontact tire developed by parent company Continental, which was introduced before Goodyear unveiled the Aquatred.