Columbia Sportswear wins $3m in Seirus patent case

Columbia Sportswear Company said a jury in the federal district court in San Diego awarded it damages of $3.018 million for Seirus Innovative Accessories’ infringement of one of Columbia’s US design patents in its portfolio of patents concerning its Omni-Heat Reflective technology.

“The amount awarded represents Seirus’s total profits from the sale of its infringing HeatWave products,” said Columbia Sportswear.

“Columbia is also entitled to prejudgment interest and to seek the profits that retailers earned through their sales of the Seirus infringing products.”

Columbia’s general counsel Peter Bragdon said: “We are very pleased that Seirus has been held accountable for infringing our design patent.

“Seirus continued to promote and sell its infringing HeatWave products even after Judge Hernandez ruled in August 2016 that the products infringed Columbia’s US design patent, unfairly profiting from Columbia’s innovations.

“We believe all our innovative products provide superior performance and we will continue to aggressively pursue infringing products.”

Columbia said the jury also found that two claims of one of Columbia’s US Omni-Heat utility patents are invalid.

“We continue to maintain numerous patents around the globe related to our Omni-Heat designs and technology, and will seek to overturn the jury’s partial invalidation of one of our US Omni-Heat patents,” said Bragdon.

Columbia said the court rulings are subject to appeal.

Columbia was represented in the litigation by the law firm of Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt.