The ongoing legal dispute between marine electronics manufacturers Navico (parent company of Lowrance) and Garmin took another turn late last week when a Texas federal jury ruled that Garmin willfully infringed two of Navico's DownScan Imaging sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000 in damages.
The willfulness finding means the jury found that Garmin knew about Navico’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 9,223,022 and 9,244,168) and engaged in conduct that “was egregious, reckless, wanton, malicious, done in bad faith, deliberately or consciously wrongful, or flagrant.”
Garmin announced in a press release that it will appeal the ruling.
For a report from the Kansas City Business Journal, click here.