OLATHE, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced that the International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a final
determination in the investigation brought by Navico Holdings AS against
Garmin. The ITC reversed an earlier decision by an administrative law
judge and concluded that first generation Garmin DownVüTM scanning
sonar products were too similar to at least one patented aspect of
Navico DownScan technology. The ITC recommended that these Garmin
products be excluded from import into the United States. The ITC also
found that some asserted claims of one of Navico’s patents were invalid,
that there was no infringement of one of Navico’s patents by any Garmin
products, and that one Garmin scanning sonar system design did not
infringe any of Navico’s patents.
“Garmin intentionally designed its products to prevent infringement of
Navico’s patents. We disagree with the ITC and plan to appeal the
determination,” said Andrew Etkind, Garmin vice president and general
counsel. “However, as with the Johnson Outdoors ITC determination we
announced in November, we have already taken steps to ensure that we can
continue to provide Garmin DownVü scanning sonar products. Garmin has
already designed, implemented, and manufactured an alternative design
that addresses the issue in this ITC ruling.”
The ruling will have no impact on Garmin products already purchased by
Garmin customers and dealers, or any products purchased going forward.
The ITC expressly found that Garmin did not intend to infringe Navico’s
patents. Garmin will continue to vigorously defend the non-infringing
configuration of these first generation DownVü scanning sonar products
through appeals and an ongoing litigation in Oklahoma. The ITC ruling
applies only to Garmin and has no impact on any existing dealer
inventory or any products already purchased by our customers.
The impacted transducers will be available shortly with the alternative
design solution. While the redesign does address the ITC’s findings,
end-users and dealers will not notice a change to user interface,
installation or compatibility with existing Garmin products or
Recently, Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received the
honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics
field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA®). Garmin’s
portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.
For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and
wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live
an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units,
including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at
garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at
913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin,
About Garmin International Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a
subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in
Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United
States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark
and DownVu is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service
marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd.
and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current
expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in
this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as
a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting
Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014, filed
by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file
number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.
No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin
undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,
future events, or otherwise.
Garmin International Inc.
Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200