OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced today that an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the International Trade Commission (ITC) made an initial determination in the investigation brought by Johnson Outdoors against Garmin. The ALJ’s initial determination concluded that Garmin’s first generation of SideVü sonar products were too similar to some claims of one of the three patents asserted by Johnson Outdoors. The initial determination found no violation with respect to the two other patents.
While Garmin disagrees that there is any violation and will seek review by the ITC, Garmin is developing improvements to its current SideVü sonar products. These improvements include changes that eliminate the configuration at issue in the ITC investigation. Garmin expects these products to be in the marketplace before any ITC final determination becomes effective.
“Garmin disagrees with the ALJ’s initial determination as we believe Garmin’s current SideVü products are not covered by any valid Johnson Outdoors patent,” said Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s vice president and general counsel. “Nevertheless, even if affirmed by the ITC, we do not expect the ruling to have any impact on Garmin customers or products. Garmin already has improvements under development that eliminate this point of contention in our sonar products. Any ruling will have no impact on Garmin products already purchased by our customers and dealers.”
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