Polaris Sues Arctic Cat for Patent Violation

Things are hating up between Polaris and Arctic Cat, as the first accuses the latter of violating the patent known as the "405 patent". The Arctic Cat vehicles which allegedly violate the said patent are from the Wildcat series.
Arctic Cat Wildcat 1 photo
Photo: Arctic Cat
The patent to which Polaris refers is U.S. Patent No. 8,596,405 for Side-By-Side ATVs was filed back in 2006, updated in 2010, and was granted to Polaris on December 3rd, 2013.

Immediately after Polaris got the patent, Arctic Cat was reportedly notified, and on December 20, the first official patent infringement accusations were issued.

There are no specific details as to in which way does Polaris believe Arctic Cat is violating their patent, but Dealernews got their hands on some excerpts from the complaint.

"Defendant has had actual knowledge of the '405 patent since at least December 3, 2013, and its infringement of this patent is and continues to be willful and deliberate. Polaris has been damaged by Defendant's infringement of the '405 patent and will continue to be damaged in the future unless Defendant is permanently enjoined from infringing the '405 patent."

Legal action has been filed with the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, and a jury trial will be scheduled soon, the same source reports.

Click the link for more on the Polaris 405 patent.
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