Jury awards Navico $38 million in Garmin patent infringement case

Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has announced that a Texas federal jury recently found that Garmin Ltd. willfully infringed two of Navico’s DownScan Imaging sonar patents and awarded Navico $38,755,000 in damages, according to a news release from Navico.

The district court judge has discretion to increase the damages to account for the jury’s finding that Garmin’s infringement was willful, the release said.

The infringement finding concerned two of Navico’s patents relating to marine sonar technology, and the finding is consistent with separate rulings by an International Trade Commission administrative law judge and by U.S. Customs and Border Protection concerning Garmin’s infringement of additional Navico patents, according to the release.

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