Yamaha Successful In Patent Lawsuit

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. beat a three-year-old patent infringement lawsuit earlier this month when a court found the OEM did not tread upon a patent held by Utah-based Boss Industries, Inc.

The lawsuit was filed by Boss Industries May 12, 2005, in the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division, over snowmobile seats and snowmobile replacement seats on Yamaha's Viper snowmobile. Boss Industries is based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball issued a judgment of non-infringement in favor of Yamaha on March 13.

"From day one, Yamaha has maintained that its snowmobile seats did not infringe any of Boss' patents," Madeleine Uran, Yamaha's associate general counsel, said following the decision. "Our company stands behind the integrity of its own patented snowmobile seats, and the court's ruling validates our position. Importantly, this was not a case of 'David versus Goliath' but one of principle, and Yamaha will always protect its patent interests against challengers of any kind."