SEATTLE– In a sweeping victory for Hagens Berman client Arctic Cat, Florida U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom today issued a final judgment of $46 million against defendants Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (TSE: BBD.B) and BRP U.S. Inc., trebling initial damages of $15.5 million.
Earlier this month, a Florida jury unanimously sided with Arctic Cat, finding that the defendants willfully infringed all claims in question on two Arctic Cat patents.
The case, filed in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleged that the makers of the Sea-Doo jet propulsion personal watercraft (PWC) willfully infringed several Arctic Cat patents.
“Judge Bloom’s final judgement in this case is not only a major victory for our client, Arctic Cat, but a testament to the importance of upholding IP law and punishing willful patent-infringement,” said Nicholas Boebel of Hagens Berman, lead counsel for Arctic Cat. “It is our hope that this stands as a line in the sand to would-be patent infringers to help inventors and small businesses.”
“Arctic Cat is humbled by the jury’s verdict and the Court’s order awarding enhanced damages in this case,” said Michael Okerlund, Vice President of Legal Affairs for Arctic Cat. “We are also truly and profoundly grateful to Nicholas Boebel at the Hagen Berman firm. This victory is a testament to Mr. Boebel’s professionalism, his dedication and the tireless advocacy he brought to bear in this case.”
Hagens Berman co-counseled with Kutak Rock LLP on the suit.
“We are very pleased with this outcome and very appreciative of the Court’s hard work and careful jurisprudence put into this case,” said Aaron A. Myers of Kutak Rock. “Arctic Cat is a tremendous company with a long history of innovation, and this result reflects that.”