Tread portion of an automobile tire

- Bridgestone Corporation
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FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tread portion of an automobile tire that comprises my invention;

FIG. 2 is a front side thereof;

FIG. 3 is a top view thereof;

FIG. 4 is a right side view thereof;

FIG. 5 is a left side view thereof;

FIG. 6 is a rear view thereof;

FIG. 7 is a fragmentary enlarged front view showing the details of the tread portion thereof;

FIG. 8 is a section view taken along line 8-8 in FIG. 7 thereof; and,

FIG. 9 is a section view taken along line 9-9 in FIG. 7 thereof.

Broken lines in the drawing figures are used to show portions of the tire that are not being claimed, and thus form no part of the claimed invention.


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

Referenced Cited

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Other references

  • Japanese Design Gazette dated Oct. 15, 2012 issued in the counterpart Japanese Design Application No. D2012-7950.
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Patent History

Patent number: D716718
Type: Grant
Filed: Apr 11, 2012
Date of Patent: Nov 4, 2014
Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation (Tokyo)
Inventor: Keiichi Kato (Tokyo)
Primary Examiner: Stacia Cadmus
Application Number: 29/417,986