Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. successfully defended a patent infringement claim filed by Boss Industries regarding a snowmobile seat, Yamaha said in a statement March 19.
United States District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball issued a judgment of non-infringement on March 13, in favor of Yamaha. The court found that Yamaha’s snowmobile seats did not infringe any of the patents at issue held by Boss Industries, an aftermarket snowmobile seat manufacturer based in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
“From day one, Yamaha has maintained that its snowmobile seats did not infringe any of Boss’ patents,” said Madeleine Uran, Yamaha’s associate general counsel. “Our company stands behind the integrity of its own patented snowmobile seats, and the court’s ruling validates our position.”
The original patent infringement lawsuit was filed May 12, 2005, over snowmobile seats and snowmobile replacement seats on Yamaha’s Viper snowmobile.