Patent Number: 6,253,815

Title: Design pattern for a tire

Abstract: An opaque article having a surface and substantially asymmetric striae extending along the surface. A portion of the striae reside in a first area and have an orientation. Another portion of the striae reside in a second area and have an orientation substantially opposite the striae in the first area. The first area striae and the second area striae create an optical contrast therebetween at a wide range of viewing angles and illumination angles. The opaque article can be a tire. The striae can reside at numerous locations on the tire, including, for example, the sidewall, tread ribs or blocks, and stone ejectors.

Inventors: Kemp; Preston Butler (Greenville, SC), Ramsey; Todd Stanton (Greer, SC)

Assignee: Michelin Recherche et Techniques S.A.

International Classification: B44F 1/02 (20060101); B60C 13/00 (20060101); B60C 11/13 (20060101); B60C 11/01 (20060101); B44F 1/00 (20060101); B60C 011/13 (); B60C 013/02 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018