Canadian Manufacturing

BRP awarded $3M in damages after patent violation

The court also issued a permanent injunction that prevents Arctic Cat from selling snowmobiles that violate the frame patent

June 15, 2020  The Canadian Press

Installing a BRP snowmobile’s rear suspension. PHOTO: BRP

OTTAWA — A Federal Court judge has ruled that Ski-Doo maker BRP Inc. is entitled to $2.83 million in damages from rival Arctic Cat Inc. due to a snowmobile patent infringement.

The patent relates to the type of frame used in snowmobiles such as the Ski-Doo REV line that places the rider closer to the front of the sled.

Justice Yvan Roy said in his decision June 15 that Arctic Cat must pay BRP a royalty of $135 per unit on each of the nearly 21,000 snowmobiles infringing on the patent that were sold in Canada between 2008 and 2014.

The court also issued a permanent injunction that prevents Arctic Cat from selling snowmobiles that violate the frame patent. The matter of damages suffered by BRP after 2014 has been referred to another judge.

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BRP vice-president Martin Langelier says the Quebec-based company “couldn’t be more pleased” with the ruling, which he calls an “important win” for innovation and the protection of intellectual property.

An Arctic Cat spokesman says the Minnesota-based company “respectfully disagrees with the court’s ruling” and plans to appeal the decision along with the injunction.


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