Cases & Deals

Goodyear defends against allegations of trade secret misappropriations involving self-inflating tire technology

Clients Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Jones Day is defending Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its employees accused by a Czech Republic citizen and his companies of stealing trade secrets relating to self-inflating tire technology, and incorporating the technology into several U.S. patents. Plaintiffs asserted over 20 causes of action in their August 2015 complaint, but a Jones Day team successfully obtained dismissal, with prejudice, of all of them. After the Court denied reconsideration, Plaintiffs appealed to the Federal Circuit, which remanded-in-part in 2018. After remand, only four causes of action remained at issue. In February 2021, Defendants filed case-dispositive summary judgment motions on liability and damages, which are pending.

Coda Development, Coda Innovations, and Frantisek Hrabal v. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Robert Benedict, Case No. 5:15-cv-01572 (N.D. Ohio) (Judge Lioi)