Patent infringement lawsuits are not uncommon, especially in a competitive technologically driven environment such as snowmobile manufacturing. In fact, OSM Editor Bourgeois, who worked for one of the big four for several years, said such claims are much more common than most people would imagine. What is unusual though, is to make a public announcement about a particular patent infringement lawsuit. We can only speculate the public disclosure by Polaris is an attempt to leverage something more or perhaps simply make a statement. Its no secret Polaris has been gunning for Ski-Doo since the Valcourt maker knocked Polaris off the market share leader mountain not long after the 2003 Ski-Doo Rev was introduced. Ironically, early this year, Ski-doo was forced to go public with their own patent infringement claim against Arctic Cat after investors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community caught wind of the battle and began to raise questions. Could this be another case of managing share holder and the investment community’s pocket books? Here is the official release from Polaris which serves up few if any details.

MINNEAPOLIS (June 14, 2012) – Polaris Industries Inc. today announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) in U.S. District Court.  The lawsuit specifically details alleged infringements of patents by BRP that were issued to Polaris.

The company is not disclosing specific details of the lawsuit at this time, but the patents in question in this case relate to the suspension systems of trail performance and crossover snowmobiles, product categories in which both companies design, manufacture and sell products.  Polaris alleges that BRP violated patents owned by Polaris, and knowingly continued to violate these patents after receiving written notice.

“For more than 55 years, a key foundation of our culture and success at Polaris has been innovation,” said Marlys Knutson, spokesperson for Polaris. “We have a respectful relationship with BRP, but we always have and always will vigorously defend our intellectual property.”

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  1. Joseph Bell July 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm -

    Polaris sucks! Lol my brother and all my friends have polaris's if they held a patten they don't know what to do with it! They all get on mine and go wtf that's nice and I say where did you get the anchor good luck with the law suits boys!

  2. Jeff Casale July 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm -

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  3. Joseph Bell July 3, 2012 at 1:19 am -

    Lol I was waiting for a response from Jon! Trying to get him going ! Looking forward to going riding with you this year!

  4. Paolo August 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm -

    I agree that one should use the reoemmendcd oil in their machines and I always have but it is becoming more and more cost prohibitive to continue to due so. I own two sleds, a 2002 380 Legend fan and a 2010 550F GTX. I am currently using the XPS blended oil which is currently running $39.00 per gal. plus tax in both machines. I also put on about 1500 miles on each machine so you can see that t adds up over a year of snowmobiling. I used to be able to purchase the oil in bulk (The dealer would fill my container from a 55 gal. drum) This saved me a couple of bucks but he no longer does that. You used to sell the oil in a 16 gal drum which also would save a couple of bucks but you stopped that to. I am retired and the cost of the oil is starting to hurt. It wouldn’t be so bad if you had some coupons to get $ off of the cost or at least had price breaks for volume purchases or 16 gal drums or whatever to save a few bucks.

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