PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) today issued the following
statement regarding the jury verdict in its patent infringement lawsuit
against Seirus Innovative Accessories:
On September 29, a jury in the federal district court in San Diego
awarded damages to Columbia Sportswear in the amount of $3.018 million
for Seirus's infringement of one of Columbia's U.S. design patents in
its portfolio of patents concerning its Omni-Heat® Reflective
technology. The amount awarded represents Seirus's total profits from
the sale of its infringing HeatWave products. Columbia is also entitled
to prejudgment interest and to seek the profits that retailers earned
through their sales of the Seirus infringing products.
"We are very pleased that Seirus has been held accountable for
infringing our design patent," said Peter Bragdon, Columbia's Executive
Vice President and General Counsel. "Seirus continued to promote and
sell its infringing HeatWave products even after Judge Hernandez ruled
in August 2016 that the products infringed Columbia's U.S. design
patent, unfairly profiting from Columbia's innovations. We believe all
our innovative products provide superior performance and we will
continue to aggressively pursue infringing products."
The jury also found that two claims of one of Columbia's U.S. Omni-Heat
utility patents are invalid. "We continue to maintain numerous patents
around the globe related to our Omni-Heat designs and technology, and
will seek to overturn the jury's partial invalidation of one of our U.S.
Omni-Heat patents," said Bragdon.
The court rulings are subject to appeal.
Columbia was represented in the litigation by the law firm of Schwabe
Williamson and Wyatt.
About Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear Company has assembled a portfolio of brands for
active lives, making it a leader in the global active lifestyle apparel,
footwear, accessories, and equipment industry. Founded in 1938 in
Portland, Oregon, the company's brands are today sold in approximately
90 countries. In addition to the Columbia® brand, Columbia Sportswear
Company also owns the Mountain Hardwear®, SOREL®, prAna®, and OutDry®
brands. To learn more, please visit the company's websites at www.columbia.com,
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