Polaris Suing BRP for Patent Infringement
Second patent lawsuit involving BRP in six months
Story by Staff, Jun. 14, 2012Email a friend Print Friendly RSS
Polaris hasn’t disclosed specific details of the lawsuit yet, but did say the patents in question relate to the suspension systems of trail performance and crossover snowmobiles. Polaris alleges that BRP violated patents owned by Polaris, and knowingly continued to violate these patents after receiving written notice.
“For more than 55 years, a key foundation of our culture and success at Polaris has been innovation,” says Marlys Knutson, spokesperson for Polaris. “We have a respectful relationship with BRP, but we always have and always will vigorously defend our intellectual property.”
Though we won’t know for sure until details become available, our best guess is that the Polaris suit will allege infringement on suspension patents involving the Pro-Ride design versus BRP’s new rMotion.
Will there be more of this to come from the snowmobile industry? As the remaining manufacturers deal with shrinking profits, will we see more lawsuits and countersuits? It sure seems like we’re heading in that direction.