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Arctic Cat’s Watercraft Patent Win Over BRP’s Sea-Doo Upheld

Dec. 7, 2017, 3:59 PM

Arctic Cat Inc.'s patents on an automatic control for personal watercraft to aid in steering away from a hazard wasn’t an obvious application of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.'s jet boat technology, a federal appeals court ruled Dec. 7.

BRP, a spinoff of Bombardier Inc., appealed to overturn a district court’s $47 million award and ongoing royalty for patent infringement by its Sea-Doo products. BRP relied on a report prior to Arctic Cat’s invention describing use of BRP’s “Challenger” technology in personal watercraft.

However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said that the report also identified numerous problems ...

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