Garmin to appeal $38m damages patent verdict

GPS technology company Garmin International Inc, a unit of Garmin Ltd, said a jury verdict was reached in a patent lawsuit brought by marine electronics company Navico against Garmin in the Eastern District of Texas.

“The jury found that Garmin had willfully infringed two Navico ‘downscan’ patents and awarded damages in the amount of $38 million,” said Garmin.

“The court awarded judgment in favor of Garmin on a false advertising claim filed by Navico.”

Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s general counsel: “We disagree with the verdict on the patents and will appeal.

“We expect to succeed in our appeal, as the Federal patent appeals court has already concluded that Navico’s other downscan patents are not valid in view of Humminbird’s earlier work.”

Garmin’s appeal of the jury verdict will be heard by the same appeals court.

Garmin CEO Cliff Pemble said: “Although we are disappointed in the outcome, we continue to stand behind our products.

“Today’s jury verdict has no impact on Garmin’s dealers and customers as our products will continue to be available to the public.”