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Johnson Outdoors Files Suit in Federal Court Against Maker of Lowrance

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I believed they settled. Their HDS touch units have the StructureScan built-in.

Lowrance must be stopped. Technology copied.

Doc Stressor:
The dispute was settled in Jan. 2012. Details of the settlement were confidential. That usually means some type of licensing agreement.

Patent law is not designed to give the holder of patent a monopoly on the technology. They are obliged to license the technology to others for a reasonable amount of money. The suites typically start out ugly where one company sues to invalidate the original patent of the other. But there is usually a financial settlement in the end. Many companies like to license their technology to others since the money flows directly to the the bottom line. That also slows down the development of even newer technologies by their competitors.


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