Arctic Cat Inc. has announced that the Federal Court in Canada has issued its trial judgment in favor of Arctic Cat in the longstanding patent infringement action brought against it by Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. At issue in the case were approximately 44,000 Arctic Cat snowmobiles covering model years 2007 through 2015. BRP had alleged that Arctic Cat’s snowmobiles infringed 56 patent claims contained in four Canadian Patents. In its decision, however, the Federal Court found all claims in three of BRP’s four asserted patents invalid by reason of the insufficiency of those patents’ disclosures and their ambiguity. The remaining patent, directed to snowmobile chassis having certain pyramidal frame elements, was found not infringed.
Michael Okerlund, Arctic Cat’s vice president of legal affairs, stated: “Arctic Cat has great respect for the legitimate bounds of its competitors’ intellectual property rights. That respect certainly extends to all competitors, including BRP. While we appreciate that reasonable minds may sometimes disagree – and obviously the parties disagreed here – Arctic Cat has long believed that its own innovative snowmobiles steered well clear of the legitimate bounds of BRP’s patents.”
The suit was originally filed on December 15, 2011. The patents-in-suit included: Canadian Patents 2,293,106 (the “106 Patent”), 2,485,813 (the “813 patent”), 2,411,964 (the “964 Patent”), and 2,350,264 (the “264 Patent”). Ron Dimock and Angela Furlanetto of DLA Piper (Canada) and Michael Crinson of the Aitken Klee firm (Toronto) represented Arctic Cat in this matter.