Garmin® prevails in Navico patent dispute

Navico’s patent claims determined to be invalid by the Federal Circuit

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN),
announced today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
(Federal Circuit) reversed a December 2015 finding by the International
Trade Commission (ITC) that Garmin had infringed Navico patents related
to downscan sonar. Specifically, the Federal Circuit ruled that two of
Navico’s patents were invalid and that Garmin’s DownVü sonar does not
infringe a third Navico patent.

The Federal Circuit’s decision not only reverses the ITC’s original
orders, but supersedes all related rulings by U.S. Customs and the ITC,
including an initial determination that Garmin should be subject to a
$37 million fine for selling DownVü products. Garmin is now free to
import and sell any and all sonar products.

“The Federal Circuit’s sweeping decision, finding that Navico’s downscan
technology was an obvious modification of old sonar systems, puts an end
to Navico’s unfounded and vicious patent war against Garmin,” said
Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s vice president and general counsel. “Not only
does the Federal Circuit’s decision eliminate the ongoing disputes at
the ITC, it renders Navico’s other lawsuits in Oklahoma and Texas
without merit.”

“This ruling confirms our strong belief that Navico’s patent claims were
not supported by the facts,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s chief executive
officer. “Despite Navico’s flood of lawsuits, and harassment of Garmin’s
dealers, distributors, and customers, the industry stood by us during
this difficult and unnecessary fight and for that, we are extremely
grateful. We look forward to a great 2017 filled with exciting new
Garmin products.”

copy of today’s Federal Circuit order can be found here.

Garmin was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the second year
in a row by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized marine
electronics company for support of products in the field. Garmin’s
portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated
chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology,
high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing
instrumentation, and other products and services that are known for
innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.

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Garmin International, Inc. Carly Hysell, 913-397-8200 [email protected]