Michelin has been granted a patent for a mud flap design for vehicles. The mud flap includes a mounting section and a barrier section to deflect matter from tires. The mounting section is wider than the barrier section and includes different mounting features for versatile attachment options. GlobalData’s report on Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Anti-skid tyre treads was a key innovation area identified from patents. Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin's grant share as of April 2024 was 61%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Mud flap for vehicle with mounting and barrier sections

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11958538B2) discloses a unique mud flap design for vehicles. The mud flap comprises a mounting section and a barrier section, both integral with each other. The mounting section is wider than the barrier section and includes two sets of mounting features for attachment to the vehicle. The barrier section is designed to intercept and deflect debris discharged from the tire during vehicle operation. Additionally, the mud flap is configured to be mounted behind a single wide tire, aligning the outer widthwise extent of the barrier section with the tire's outer extent, preventing the barrier section from extending outwardly from the tire's widthwise extent.

Furthermore, the patent also includes a method for mounting the mud flap on a vehicle. The method involves providing a mounting structure suitable for receiving the mud flap, which is designed to extend across the width of a single wide tire. The mud flap, with its unique design of mounting and barrier sections, is attached to the mounting structure using fastening members. Prior to attachment, the appropriate set of mounting features is selected to ensure proper alignment between the mud flap and the tire. The mounting structure can form a mounting bracket, and the mud flap's integral design ensures the seamless integration of the mounting and barrier sections for effective debris deflection.

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