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Garmin Announces Patent Litigation Regarding Bryton Inc.’s Cycle Computers

21 March 2011 @ 2:50 PM  / Corporate / Outdoor/Fitness /


SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland/March 21, 2011/Business Wire/ - Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) announced today that a Garmin subsidiary filed a patent infringement suit against Bryton Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.  Garmin accuses Bryton’s products of mimicking the appearance and functionality of Garmin’s popular Edge® cycle computers, resulting in the infringement of Garmin’s design and utility patents.

 “We are proud of the intellectual property rights awarded to our innovative products and we have little tolerance for companies that attempt to trade unfairly on those rights,” said Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s vice president and general counsel.  Garmin is seeking a preliminary injunction to bar immediately the sale of Bryton’s Rider 30 product in the United States.

In related German design patent infringement litigation filed by a subsidiary of Garmin, the Düsseldorf District Court has already issued interim injunctions against Bryton and several of its German distributors banning the sale of the Rider 30 in Germany.  These interim injunctions are preliminary orders that have been issued ex parte and are subject to a possible appeal.


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The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/newsroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements: This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations.  The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Decenber 25, 2010, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).  A copy of such Form 10-K is available at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.  No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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