Tread portion of an automobile tire

- Bridgestone Corporation
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FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the tread portion of an automobile tire showing my new design, it being understood that the tread pattern repeats uniformly throughout the circumference of the tire;

FIG. 2 is a front elevational view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a left side elevational view thereof, a right side elevational view is identical with the left side elevational view;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary front elevational view thereof; and,

FIG. 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional view thereof taken along line 5—5 in FIG. 4.

In the drawings, the dark stippled surface shading represents the recessed portion of the tread grooves, having the depth shown in FIG. 5.

The portion of the article shown in broken lines is for illustrative purpose only and forms no part of the claimed design.


The ornamental design for a tread portion of an automobile tire, as shown and described.

Referenced Cited
U.S. Patent Documents
D336269 June 8, 1993 Hinrichsen et al.
D371097 June 25, 1996 Fukushima
D390173 February 3, 1998 Aoki
D399461 October 13, 1998 Lurois et al.
D414449 September 28, 1999 Schuster
Other references
  • Yokohama Y356 Tire, 2000 Tread Design Guide, Jan. 2000, p. 118. 3/2.*
  • Bridgestone M720 Tire, 2000 Tread Design Guide, Jan. 2000, p. 121. 3/3.*
  • National Akuret—Power DR300 Tire, 2000 Tread Design Guide, Jan. 2000, p. 146. 4/2.*
  • Ohtsu Hi-Steel Radial M-5100 Tire, 2000 Tread Design Guide, Jan. 2000, p. 147. 3/5.
Patent History
Patent number: D485231
Type: Grant
Filed: Apr 30, 2002
Date of Patent: Jan 13, 2004
Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation (Tokyo)
Inventor: Mie Nonaka (Chuo-ku)
Primary Examiner: Robert M. Spear
Attorney, Agent or Law Firm: Sughrue Mion PLLC
Application Number: 29/159,842
Current U.S. Class: Combined Lateral, Diagonal, And Circumferential Grooves (D12/594)
International Classification: 1215;