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United States Patent D432,956
Ricquet October 31, 2000

Tread of a tire


The ornamental design for a tread of a tire, as shown and described.
Inventors: Ricquet; Joel (Riom, FR)
Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Technique, S.A. (Granges-Paccot, CH)
Appl. No.: D/116,586
Filed: January 6, 2000

Foreign Application Priority Data

Jul 07, 1999 [FR] 99 4408

Current U.S. Class: D12/521
Current International Class: 1215
Field of Search: D12/134-152 152/209.1,209.8,209.9,209.11,209.12,209.13,209.28,900,901,902,903

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents
D334160 March 1993 Woo
D342223 December 1993 McKisson et al.
D366018 January 1996 Krupa et al.
D403997 January 1999 Albert
D407676 April 1999 Morishita et al.
Foreign Patent Documents
493771 Feb., 1998 FR
739701 Jul., 1988 JP
938611 Nov., 1995 JP

Other References

Continental Conti Sport Contact Tire, 1998 Tread Design Guide, p. 19. 1/2, Jan. 1998. .
Federal Super Steel 635 Tire, 1998 Tread Design Guide, p. 28. 4/4, Jan. 1998. .
GT Tire Champiro-65 Tire, 1998 Tread Design Guide, p. 36. 1/5, Jan. 1998. .
Merit Signet DH 65 Tire, 1998 Tread Design Guide, p. 48. 1/3, Jan. 1998. .
Telstar Turbostar HR Tire, 1998 Tread Design Guide, p. 72. 2/2, Jan. 1998..

Primary Examiner: Spear; Robert M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Baker Botts, L.L.P.


FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the tread of a tire of the present invention, it being understood that the pattern is repeated uniformly throughout the circumference of the tread; and,

FIG. 2 is an elevational view of the tire tread shown in FIG. 1.

The broken line showing the tire inner bead and sidewall in FIG. 1 is for illustrative purposes only and forms no part of the claimed design.

In the drawings, the dark stippled surface shading represents the recessed portion of the tread grooves, having a depth as best shown in FIG. 2.

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