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Garmin® Announces Victory in Triangle Software LLC Patent Case

22-Feb-2012 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 6899
OLATHE, Kan - Garmin International, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, announced in a press release that in the patent litigation initiated by Triangle Software LLC against Garmin International Inc., in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Court has entered judgment in favor of Garmin. Triangle's lawsuit targeted Garmin’s popular nüvi® and zūmo® product lines.

The judgment follows a partial jury verdict, issued on November 9, in which the jury found that three of the five patents asserted by Triangle in the litigation were not infringed by Garmin’s personal navigation devices with traffic functionality. The Court adopted the jury's decision and further held that there was no infringement of Triangle's remaining two patents. The decision is subject to appeal.

This is the fifth consecutive victory by Garmin resulting from its determination to fight baseless patent claims. Garmin is currently evaluating whether to ask the Court to require Triangle to repay the fees and other costs incurred by Garmin in defending this litigation.

“Garmin applauds the jury’s verdict and the court’s decision confirming the lack of merit in Triangle’s lawsuit. Triangle’s patents are not relevant to Garmin’s products and the traffic functionality targeted by Triangle was publicly known and widely used in the navigation industry for many years before Triangle’s alleged inventions,” said Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s vice president and general counsel. “It’s unfortunate and a serious problem for American industry that operating companies like Garmin are so often subjected to meritless patent suits.”

Garmin was represented by a team led by Nicholas Groombridge and David Ball of Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology.
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