Arctic Cat has won a verdict for more than US$15m against BRP’s Sea-Doo division for patent infringement. A jury rendered its verdict June 1 after a two-week trial that begin May 16.
Arctic Cat, which used to build and market the Tigershark line of personal watercraft, filed the lawsuit against Sea-Doo, saying it infringed on two Arctic Cat patents for off-throttle steering control. Arctic Cat had filed the patents in 1999 and 2000. Tigershark exited the PWC market in 1999.
The jury in the patent infringement case ruled that BRP infringed the patents willfully, which could allow the judge to triple the damages later.
“We are incredibly pleased that the facts of this case were clear to the jury and that Arctic Cat today protected the IP it owns,” said Nicholas Boebel of Hagens Berman, lead counsel for Arctic Cat, in a statement by the law firm.
The lawsuit was about patents filed by Arctic Cat for off-throttle control, which allows the PWC rider control of steering when the throttle is released. Arctic Cat said it had demonstrated the technology to the Coast Guard, representatives of BRP and others in the PWC industry in 1999 and 2000.
The US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Arctic Cat patents for its novel off-throttle steering technology, entitled “Controlled Thrust Steering System for Watercraft."